The Association between Lumbosacral Spondylosis and Obesity in Patients seen at the Kenyatta National Hospital.
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Objectives

To determine the association between lumbo-sacral spondylosis and obesity in patients seen at the Kenyatta National Hospital.

 

Study design

Descriptive cross-sectional study.

 

Setting of study

Kenyatta National Hospital, (KNH)  Radiology Department,  Department of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiation Medicine of the University of Nairobi.

 

Subjects studied

386 patients referred for lumbo-sacral radiography were recruited.

 

Results of the study

The prevalence of lumbo-sacral spondylosis increased with age to 88.7% in patients aged between 60-69 years.  The majority of patients clinically presented with low back pain (82.1%).  The prevalence of spondylosis was 67.3%, of these 49.3% were obese.  There was association between lumbo-sacral spondylosis with age and obesity as defined by body mass index above 30.

 

 

Conclusion

The prevalence of spondylosis was high in the older age group.  The prevalcence of obesity was quite high and there was an association between lumbo-sacral spondylosis and obesity.