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Back pain in active older adults linked to poorer endurance

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Active older adults with back may experience less energy efficient and poorer endurance, a new study led by an Indian-orgin suggests.

"Older adults are living longer and healthier active lives, so paying attention to conditions that may threaten independent function is increasingly important," of the study Eleanor Simonsick, from the on Aging in the US.

The study, published in Journal of the American Society, also included Kushang V. Patel, from

For the study, researchers examined the potential contribution of severity of lumbopelvic (LPP) in well-functioning older adults to poorer efficiency, lack of endurance, slower gait speed and decline in these mobility parameters over one to five years.

They used an interviewer-administered questionnaire to ascertain reported presence and severity of back and hip in the preceding 12 months and reported ability, including ease of walking a mile.

Certified examiners assessed usual gait speed, the energetic cost of walking (oxygen consumption, mL per kg/m), and time taken to walk 400 metres as quickly as possible. Covariates included sex, age, age-squared, race, height, weight, exercise and smoking.

Overall, 31.4 per cent had mild LPP, and 15.7 per cent had moderate to severe LPP.

"In this study, we found that affected nearly half of well-functioning, highly active older adults. We also found that was linked to less and poorer endurance, which can lead to walking difficulties,"Simonsick said.

These findings suggest that management may help older adults remain active and free of mobility limitation, the researchers noted.



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First Published: Wed, February 07 2018. 16:04 IST