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Pain Research and Treatment
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 3569231, 9 pages
Research Article

Association between Pain in Adolescence and Low Back Pain in Adulthood: Studying a Cohort of Mine Workers

1Clinic for Spinal Cord Injuries, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
2Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Umeå University, 901 87 Umeå, Sweden

Correspondence should be addressed to Hans Pettersson

Received 10 November 2016; Revised 13 February 2017; Accepted 22 February 2017; Published 6 March 2017

Academic Editor: Bjorn Meyerson

Copyright © 2017 David Jonsson et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Purpose. To study the association of self-reported pain in adolescence with low back pain (LBP) in adulthood among mine workers and, also, study associations between the presence of LBP over 12-month or one-month LBP intensity during a health examination and daily ratings of LBP three and nine months later. Methods. Mixed design with data collected retrospectively, cross-sectionally, and prospectively. Data was collected using a questionnaire during a health examination and by using self-reported daily ratings of LBP three and nine months after the examination. Results. Pain prevalence during teenage years was 55% and it was 59% at age 20. Pain during teenage years had a relative risk of 1.33 (95% confidence interval 1.03–1.73) of LBP 12 months prior to the health examination, but with no associations with LBP intensity or LBP assessed by text messaging. Pain at age 20 years was not associated with any measure of LBP in adulthood. Daily ratings of LBP were associated with LBP during the health examination three and nine months earlier. Conclusions. There were no clear associations between self-reported pain in adolescence and LBP in adulthood. Self-reported daily ratings of LBP were associated with LBP from the health examination. Possible limitations for this study were the retrospective design and few participants.