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Table 1 Pain drawing characteristics. Pain drawing characteristics at baseline, 5 and 10 weeks of follow up. 95% CI = 95% confidence intervals.

From: The course of pain drawings during a 10-week treatment period in patients with acute and sub-acute low back pain

  Baseline 5 weeks follow up 10 weeks follow up
  % or mean 95% CI % or mean 95% CI % or mean 95% CI
N 160   160   158  
Proportion of areas marked, %       
Dorsal side       
   Lower back/buttock left 85.6 78.7–89.7 64.4 56.7–71.4 58.8 51.0–66.1
   Lower back/buttock right 78.1 71.1–83.8 68.1 60.6–74.8 59.4 51.6–66.7
   Thigh back, left side 38.1 31.0–45.8 16.2 11.3–22.7 15.6 10.8–22.0
   Thigh back, right side 33.1 26.3–40.7 12.5 8.2–18.5 10.6 6.7–16.4
   Lower leg back, left side 19.4 14.0–26.2 9.4 5.8–14.9 11.2 7.2–17.1
   Lower leg back, right side 15.0 10.3–21.3 7.5 4.3–12.6 8.1 4.8–13.4
   Plantar area left side 10.6 6.7–16.4 6.2 3.4–11.1 8.1 4.8–13.4
   Plantar area right side 6.2 3.4–11.1 3.1 1.3–7.1 4.4 2.1–8.7
Frontal side       
   Lower abdomen, left side 8.1 4.8–13.4 5.6 3.0–10.3 4.4 2.1–8.7
   Lower abdomen, right side 8.1 4.8–13.4 3.7 1.7–7.9 3.7 1.7–7.9
   Thigh front, left side 16.2 11.3–22.7 8.1 4.8–13.4 7.5 4.3–12.7
   Thigh front, right side 15.6 10.8–22.0 6.2 3.4–11.1 5.6 3.0–10.3
   Lower leg front, left side 6.9 3.9–11.9 6.2 3.4–11.1 6.9 3.9–11.9
   Lower leg front, right side 4.4 2.1–8.7 3.1 1.3–7.1 4.4 2.1–8.7
   Dorsal foot, left side 8.7 5.3–14.2 5.6 3.0–10.3 5.0 2.6–9.6
   Dorsal foot, right side 3.1 1.3–7,1 2.5 1.0–6.3 1.9 0.6–5.4
All other areas 5.6 3.0–10.3 12.5 8.2–18.5 9.4 5.8–14.9
Mean number of areas marked       
   Areas above waistline 0.1 0.03–0.17 0.3 0.15–0.45 0.26 0.11–0.42
   Areas below waistline 3.6 3.3–3.8 2.3 2.0–2.6 2.2 1.8–2.5
   All areas 3.7 3.4–4.0 2.6 2.3–2.9 2.4 2.0–2.8
Radiation, any degree, %       
   Pain in lower back/buttock 100.0 97.6–100.0 83.5 77.0–88.5 72.8 65.4–79.1
   Pain radiating to the thigh 70.9 63.4–77.4 32.9 26.1–40.6 24.1 18.1–31.3
   Pain radiating to lower leg 38.6 31.4–46.4 22.2 16.4–29.2 22.2 16.4–29.2