Comparison of pain, kinesiophobia and quality of life in patients with low back and neck pain

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Ulug N., Yakut Y., Alemdaroglu I., YILMAZ Ö.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL THERAPY SCIENCE, vol.28, no.2, pp.665-670, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1589/jpts.28.665
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.665-670
  • Keywords: Pain, Quality of life, Kinesiophobia, TURKISH VERSION, FEAR, DETERMINANTS, PREVALENCE, DISABILITY
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


[Purpose] The purpose of this study was to compare patients with low back and neck pain with respect to kinesiophobia, pain, and quality of life. [Subjects and Methods] Three-hundred patients with low back (mean age 43.2 +/- 11 years) and 300 with neck pain (mean age 42.8 +/- 10.2 years) were included in this study. Pain severity was evaluated by using the Short-Form McGill Pain Questionnaire, which includes a Visual Analogue Scale, quality of life by the Nottingham Health Profile, and kinesiophobia by the Tampa Scale for Kinesiophobia. [Results] Pain severity was similar in both groups, with a Visual Analogue Scale score of 6.7 +/- 2 in the low back pain and 6.8 +/- 2 in the neck pain group. Nottingham Health Profile pain [z=-4.132] and physical activity scores [z=-5.640] in the low back pain group were significantly higher. Kinesiophobia was also more severe in the low back pain group, with a mean 42.05 +/- 5.91 versus 39.7 +/- 6.0 Tampa Scale for Kinesiophobia score [z=-4.732]. [Conclusion] Patients with low back pain developed more severe kinesiophobia, regardless of the pain severity, and had greater pain perception and lower physical activity levels. Kinesiophobia adversely affects the quality of life and requires effective management of low back pain.