Back and neck pain among school teachers in Poland and its correlations with physical activity

  • Jerzy Rottermund, Andrzej Knapik, Edward Saulicz, Andrzej Myśliwiec, Mariola Saulicz, Katarzyna Rygiel, Pawel Linek
  • Medycyna Pracy, October 2015, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine
  • DOI: 10.13075/mp.5893.00121

Can lack of physical activity lead to back pain among school teachers?

What is it about?

This ‘naturalistic’ study confirms that the pain in cervical and lumbar spine area represents a serious occupational problem in majority of school teachers. Moreover, a limited physical activity leads to more frequent back pain, especially in older teachers.

Why is it important?

Increase in disability due to the low back pain (LBP) has a negative impact on individual functional status and employment, especially in female teachers. Therefore an emphasis on prevention and application of ergonomic principles in the workplace are crucial.


Katarzyna Rygiel

In the future, well-designed programs that promote healthy lifestyle for teachers (or similar professions), focused on regular physical exercises should be widely implemented.

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The following have contributed to this page: Katarzyna Rygiel and Andrzej Knapik