Do rehabilitation patients with chronic low back pain meet World Health Organisation's recommended physical activity levels?

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Purpose: Primary: to analyse the time that patients with chronic low back pain (CLBP) admitted to pain rehabilitation spent on moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and compare this to the WHO recommen-dations. Secondary: to explore factors that might differentiate between those who do and do not meet the recommendations. Materials and methods: A Cross-sectional study embedded in secondary interdisciplinary rehabilitation of adults with CLBP. PA was measured with a tri-axial accelerometer for 1 week during admission phase. Time spent in each PA level was calculated. MVPA was also analysed in >= 10 min bouts. Results: Complete datasets of 4-6 days recorded accelerometery of n = 46 patients were analysed. Time spent in MVPA was on average 6.0% per day. MVPA per day in >= 10-min bouts occurred on average 0.8 times per day (sd = 0.9; min-max 0-4). Percentage of patients meeting the recommended level of MVPA was 21.7% (10/46) and 84.8% (39/46) for the 2010 and 2020 recommendations, respectively. Most demographic and clinical variables did not seem to differentiate between those who met the WHO recommendations, and those who did not. Conclusion: The minority of the patients (22%) met the WHO recommended MVPA level of 2010. The more lenient recommendation of 2020 was met by 85%.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102618
Number of pages5
JournalMusculoskeletal Science and Practice
Early online date6-Jul-2022
Publication statusPublished - 1-Dec-2022


  • Physical activity
  • Accelerometery
  • Chronic low back pain

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