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OBJECTIVES Because of its frequency and consequences on professional life, low back pain (LBP) represents a real health care problem. Our study is aimed at determining the prevalence of LBP among hospital staff, analyzing the medical and professional consequences as well as investigating into the factors associated to this health problem. METHODS We have(More)
Low back pain (LBP) in children was considered for many years to be a rare condition revealing a serious disease, but in the last two decades, epidemiological studies have shown that the prevalence of nonspecific LBP in children is high. This study was aimed at analyzing the prevalence, severity, consequences and associated factors of LBP in children. A(More)
BACKGROUND Disk-related sciatica (DRS) creates a public health burden because of its high incidence and considerable socioeconomic costs. We are not aware of previous epidemiological studies of the prevalence and risk factors of DRS in Tunisia or other Arab countries, and few studies have addressed these issues elsewhere. OBJECTIVES To determine the(More)
INTRODUCTION The contribution of computed tomography (CT) to the assessment of rheumatoid lung disease is universally recognized. Our objective was to define the usefulness of high-resolution CT (HRCT) in evaluating lung abnormalities in unselected patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and to determine whether HRCT findings were correlated with clinical(More)
INTRODUCTION Whereas the systemic effects of glucocorticoid therapy have been extensively reported, little is known about those of local glucocorticoid injections. The objective of this study was to look for systemic effects of local glucocorticoid injections at two sites in diabetic and non-diabetic patients. METHODS We studied 29 patients (18 women and(More)
INTRODUCTION Cervical spine involvement is common and potentially severe in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The objectives of this study were to compare the prevalences of cervical spine abnormalities detected by standard radiography, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in patients with RA; and to identify factors(More)
UNLABELLED As an extremely common symptom and major source of lost productivity, mechanical sciatica places a heavy burden on public health. METHODS We retrospectively reviewed 1092 medical records to determine the epidemiological, clinical, imaging study, and therapeutic characteristics of mechanical sciatica. We also looked for factors associated with(More)
The objective of this study was to determine the feasibility, reliability and validity of the time trade-off (TTO) in Tunisian rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. The TTO was used to measure the utility in 122 RA patients with increasing difficulty in performing activities of daily living. The 1-week test–retest reproducibility was studied in 57 patients(More)
Our aim was to validate a culturally adapted, Tunisian-language version of the Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire (RMDQ), which is a reliable evaluation instrument for low-back-pain disability. A total of 62 patients with low back pain were assessed by the questionnaire. Reliability for the 1-week test/re-test was assessed by a construction of a Bland(More)