|Document ID (ISN)||112462|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1080-3548 - International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics
|Convention or series no.
||El-Bestar S.F., El-Mitwalli A.A., Khashaba E.O.
||Neck-upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders among workers in the telecommunications company at Mansoura City
||2011, Vol.17, No.2, p.195-205. 27 ref.
||Neck-upper_extremity_[INTERNET_FREE_ACCESS] [in English]
||The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence and work-related risk factors of neck-upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) among video display terminal (VDT) users. A comparative cross-sectional study was conducted; there were 60 VDT users and 35 controls. The participants filled in a structured questionnaire and were subjected to electrophysiological tests and an X-ray of the neck. The prevalence of MSDs was higher (28.3%) among VDTs users compared to controls (14.3%), however with no statistically significant difference. The prevalence of cervical disorders with or without radiculopathy (18.3%) was the most common disorder followed by carpal tunnel syndrome (6.6%). The mean (SD) age of MSD cases (51 ▒ 7.2 years) was statistically significantly higher than of the controls (42.8 ▒ 9). Physical exposure to prolonged static posture (odds ratio OR 6.9), awkward posture (OR 5.5) and repetitive movements (OR 5.5) increased risk of MSDs with a statistically significant difference for static posture only. VDT users experienced more job dissatisfaction, work-overload and limited social support from supervisors and colleagues.
||call centres; computer terminals; neck disorders; upper extremity disorders; risk factors; frequency rates
||Egypt; carpal-tunnel syndrome; musculoskeletal diseases; work posture; questionnaire survey; case-control study; medical examinations; telecommunications
||D - Periodical articles
||Commerce, services, offices
Ergonomics and work organization
|Broad subject area(s)
||Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system