Preliminary results of a study about musculoskeletal disorders in physiotherapists

Patricia Torres, Paulo Henrique dos Marques, Vasco de Jesus, Isabel L. Nunes

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Abstract

Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession associated with a high prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). In this study we consider two types of MSD. First, Work Related MSD (WRMSD) resulting, among other, from repetitive movements, high exertion or maintaining inadequate postures; second, injuries that occur suddenly or abruptly as a result of a work accident. The objective of this work was to analyze the prevalence of MSD in physiotherapists in the last 12 months. The study involved 41 physical rehabilitation clinics. The instrument used for data collection was a questionnaire. The results indicate that, in our sample, 72.5% of physiotherapists already had some kind of MSD in the last 12 months. The most affected body region was the lower back and the most commonly cited causal activity of MSD was working in the same posture for long periods of time. The data analysis seems to indicate that these characteristics and the nature of the work activities of physiotherapists are associated with the onset of MSD.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSHO2015: INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HYGIENE
EditorsP Arezes, JS Baptista, MP Barroso, P Carneiro, P Cordeiro, N Costa, R Melo, AS Miguel, G Perestrelo
Place of PublicationGuimarães
PublisherPORTUGUESE SOC OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY & HYGIENE
Pages409-411
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)978-989-98203-3-3
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventInternational Symposium on Occupational Safety and Hygiene (SHO) - Guimaraes, Portugal
Duration: 12 Feb 201513 Feb 2015

Conference

ConferenceInternational Symposium on Occupational Safety and Hygiene (SHO)
CountryPortugal
CityGuimaraes
Period12/02/1513/02/15

Keywords

  • Work related musculoskeletal disorders
  • work accident
  • physiotherapy
  • healthcare
  • PHYSICAL-THERAPISTS
  • INJURIES
  • PREVALENCE

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