August/September 2009 (vol. 06/2)

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Thoracic spine pain in working adults

A systematic review of thoracic spine pain (TSP) – or pain in the upper or middle back – among working adults identified 52 studies meeting inclusion criteria. Evidence quality was generally poor, mostly from cross-sectional studies. One-year prevalence estimates varied with professional group, but medians of around 30% suggest that the condition is a significant OH problem. Various individual, physical work and psychosocial work factors were associated with TSP, and these were consistent with evidence on other musculoskeletal disorders. 

Journal of Occupational Health 2009; 51(3): 177–192.


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