Table 3 Duration and recent experience of episodes, identified as for example BDS1 is year 1 of programme

From: Musculoskeletal neck and back pain in undergraduate dental students at a UK dental school — a cross-sectional study

  All, N (%) Year group, N (%)
BDS 1 BDS 2 BDS 3 BDS 4 BDS 5
Duration of pain over last year (no. of respondents, %) Neck: up to 30 days 166 (43) 30 (33) 36 (49) 26 (65) 40 (58) 34 (51)
Neck: over 30 days 28 (7) 3 (9) 3 (9) 4 (9) 9 (11) 9 (10)
Upper back: up to 30 days 117(30) 25 (37) 21 (25) 12 (41) 30 (36) 29 (33)
Upper back: over 30 days 47(12) 7 (8) 7 (8) 7 (26) 15 (18) 11 (13)
Lower back: up to 30 days 149 (38) 26 (29) 32 (39) 19 (41) 36 (43) 36 (41)
Lower back: over 30 days 54 (14) 10 (11) 9 (11) 4 (9) 16 (19) 15(17)
Pain experienced in the last week (no. of respondents, %) Neck 70 (18) 14 (16) 9 (11) 13 (28) 18 (21) 16 (18)
Upper back 77 (20) 14 (16) 8 (10) 12 (26) 25 (30) 18 (21)
Lower back 85 (22) 17 (19) 13 (16) 11 (24) 24 (29) 20 (23)