Chonnam Med J.  2011 Dec;47(3):160-164. 10.4068/cmj.2011.47.3.160.

Evaluation of Metabolic Syndrome in Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain: Using the Fourth Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Data

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  • 1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Seoul Medical Center, Seoul, Korea. jaeyong.ha@gmail.com

Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the frequency of the metabolic syndrome in patients with chronic lower back pain in Korea and to evaluate the differences in clinical characteristics in chronic lower back pain patients with and without metabolic syndrome. This was a cross-sectional study using data from the fourth Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES IV) 2008. The sample consisted of 1085 participants with chronic lower back pain. The diagnosis of metabolic syndrome was made according to the criteria of the National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel III (NCEP-ATP III) and the Korean Society for the Study of Obesity. The prevalence of metabolic syndrome among chronic lower back pain patients was 36.2% (30.2% male, 38.6% female). According to our results, female sex, advanced age, and high BMI were risk factors for metabolic syndrome. These results from a representative sample show that metabolic syndrome is common in chronic lower back pain patients in Korea. Clinicians managing chronic lower back pain should consider the risk factors for metabolic syndrome.

Keyword

Low back pain; Metabolic syndrome; Nutrition surveys
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