Design and Outcome Variables: Researchers reviewed and collected data from 1018 new patient files covering the period 1999-2001. Data collected consisted of age, sex, marital status, financial status, postcode, symptomatic region and diagnosis.
Results: Of the 1018 patient files reviewed, 70% of patients were aged between 22 and 51 years of age. Patients were predominantly from the local area with no major gender bias detected. A total of 40% of patients had symptoms in the lumbar region, and the most common diagnosis was facet syndrome.
Conclusion: Whilst most of the findings were similar to those in other studies, a few differences were noted. The occurrence of disc injuries was significantly lower than those found in the general population, while gender and marital status also differed.
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