Sickness absence because of low back pain can be in part the
result of low job satisfaction.
A team from the Vrije Universiteit Medical Centre in
Amsterdam examined 732 to see whether physical and psychosocial loads at work
influenced sickness absence because of low back pain.
It found that flexion and rotation of the trunk, lifting and
low job satisfaction were all risk factors for sickness absence because of low
There were also some indications of a relation between low
social support, either from supervisors or co-workers, and sickness absence
because of low back pain.
Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2002;59:309-322