Impact of a Sit-Stand Workstation on Chronic Low Back Pain

Results of a Randomized Trial
Objective: The aim of the study was to determine whether chronic low back pain (LBP) might be attenuated through the introduction of a sit-stand workstation (SSW) in office employees.
Methods: Participants were randomized to receive a SSW at the beginning or at the end of a 3-month study period. Participants responded to a short survey at the end of each workday and a comprehensive survey at weeks 1, 6, and 12. Surveys consisted of a modified brief pain inventory and the Roland Morris Disability Questionnaire.
Results: Forty-six university employees with self-reported chronic LBP were enrolled. Participants who were given access to a SSW reported a significant reduction in current (P?=?0.02) and worst (P?=?0.04) LBP over time.
Conclusions: Our findings support the hypothesis that chronic LBP might be improved by the introduction of a SSW in an office environment.

Source: Ognibene, Grant T.; Torres, Wilson; von Eyben, Rie; Horst, Kathleen C. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine: March 2016, Volume 58, Issue 3, p. 287-293.

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