Type of Article:  Original Research

Volume 5; Issue 4 (August 2017)

Page No.: 2232-2239

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijpr.2017.179


Pothiraj Pitchai *1, Srishti Kuldeep Chauhan 2, SR Sreeraj 3.

*1 Associate Professor, Department of Community Physiotherapy, MGM College of Physiotherapy, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

2 Physiotherapy, MGM College of Physiotherapy, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

3 Professor, Department of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, MGM College of Physiotherapy, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

Address for Correspondence: Dr. Pothiraj Pitchai, PT., Associate Professor, Department of Community Physiotherapy, MGM College of Physiotherapy, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. E-Mail: pothirajpt@gmail.com 


Background: Studies has demonstrated the development of Kinesiophobia in Low Back Pain (LBP) and identified as one of the risk factor for chronicity in LBP. In addition to deconditioning effect, Kinesiophobia also install functional disability and does that affect quality of life? Literatures had exposed the association of Kinesiophobia in chronic and acute low back pain separately but paucity in estimating their quality of life thus this study aims to explore the impact of Kinesiophobia on the quality of life in LBP.

Materials and Methods: One hundred and twenty study participants were recruited by convenient sampling method between 18 – 60 years of age. Data were collected by using Tampa scale of Kinesiophobia, Numerical Pain Rating Scale, SF-36 Health Status Questionnaire and Modified Oswestry Disability Questionnaire for LBP. Secured scores were analysed in SPSS software to identify the association between Kinesiophobia and other functional scales.

Results: Mean age of the study participant was 39.79±11.22 years. Prevalence rate of high degree of Kinesiophobia was found as to be 58.33% (n=70). As the intensity of pain increases in LBP, the development of Kinesiophobia also increased and its association exhibited as weak positive linear correlation (r=0.256, p=0.032). Development of Kinesiophobia has demonstrated increased functional disability where correlation between Kinesiophobia and Oswestry disability shows moderate positive correlation (r = 0.495, p=0.000) simultaneously correlation between Kinesiophobia and SF-36 shows moderate negative correlation (r = – 0.420, p=0.000) indicating decreased Quality of Life.

Conclusions:  It has been found that there is a direct relationship between the pain and the development of Kinesiophobia in LBP which in turn increase in the development of functional disability thus marking decreased QOL.

Key Words: Low Back Pain, Kinesiophobia, Quality of life.


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Cite this article: Pothiraj Pitchai, Srishti Kuldeep Chauhan, SR Sreeraj. IMPACT OF KINESIOPHOBIA ON QUALITY OF LIFE IN SUBJECTS WITH LOW BACK PAIN: A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY. Int J Physiother Res 2017;5(4):2232-2239. DOI: 10.16965/ijpr.2017.179