Original Article: PDF OnlyThe Relationship of Low-Back Pain, Work History, Work Environment, and Stress: A Retrospective Cross-Sectional Study of 38- to 64-Year-Old WomenSVENSSON, HANS-OLOF, MD, PhD*; ANDERSSON, GUNNAR B. J., MD, PhD†Author Information *From the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery I, Sahlgren Hospital, University of Göteborg, Sweden †Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois Spine: May 1989 - Volume 14 - Issue 5 - p 517-522 Buy Abstract The association between low-back pain (LBP) and different work factors was investigated in a retrospective cross-sectional study of a random sample of 1,760 38-to 64-year-old women. The life-time incidence of LBP was 66% and the prevalence was 35%. In a univariate analysis, eight work variables correlated to LBP viz. more forward bending, more lifting, more standing, more monotonous work, dissatisfaction with the work tasks, dissatisfaction with the work environment, a higher degree of worry, and fatigue at the end of the work day. In a covariate analysis, however, only the three psychological variables remained directly associated to LBP viz. dissatisfaction with the work environment, a higher degree of worry, and fatigue at the end of the work day. © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.