Risk Factors for Disabling Low Back Pain in Older Adults




Inclusion Criteria
Exclusion Criteria
Potential participants must…
  • be between the ages of 60 and 85 years.
  • have current low back pain.
  • have at least moderate low back pain.
  • have low back pain that occurs every day or almost every day.
  • be community-dwelling (i.e. cannot live in nursing home or skilled nursing facility).
  • be ambulatory.
  • be able to complete phone interviews and written forms independently.
Older adults will be excluded if they have…
  • certain conditions of the back (i.e. ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, vertebral compression fractures, carcinoma metastatic to the spine).
  •  Lower extremity pain that is greater than their back pain.
  • have a progressive, concurrent condition (i.e. Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, etc.).
  • severely limited mobility.
  • uncontrolled high blood pressure.
  • severe vision or hearing impairments.



Prior to entering into the study, each potential participant will be interviewed via phone by a member of the research team to determine whether he/she meets preliminary criteria for inclusion in the study.  He/she shall be given a detailed description of the study and have all questions answered.



If you have any questions, please contact Megan Sions, PhD, PT, OCS, a co-investigator for this study.  Dr. Sions’ contact information is:


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