Prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders of lower quadrant among teachers
Ammara Afzal, Qasim Idrees.
Objective: To check the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders of lower quadrant among teachers.
Methodology: In this cross sectional study, a questionnaire was used to collect data on 184 teachers. Numeric Pain Rating Scale was used to evaluate the intensity of pain. Data were analyzed using SPSS version 16.0.
Results: A total of 184 teachers from schools, colleges and universities of Lahore and Okara, Pakistan were included in the study. Out of 184, 60 (32.6%) had low back pain, 15 (8.2%) pelvic pain, 26 (14.1%) knee pain and 22 (12.0%) ankle/foot pain. 63 (34.2%) teachers had no pain, 49 (26.6%) mild pain, 65 (35.3%) moderate pain and 7 (3.8%) severe pain.
Conclusion: Teachers experience musculoskeletal disorders due to their work routine. Long job duration, standing for prolong period and work in an uncomfortable position can result in musculoskeletal disorders.
Lower quadrant, musculoskeletal disorders, prevalence, teachers.
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