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Document ID (ISN)112462
CIS number 12-0186
ISSN - Serial title 1080-3548 - International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) El-Bestar S.F., El-Mitwalli A.A., Khashaba E.O.
Title Neck-upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders among workers in the telecommunications company at Mansoura City
Bibliographic information 2011, Vol.17, No.2, p.195-205. 27 ref.
Internet access Neck-upper_extremity_[INTERNET_FREE_ACCESS] [in English]
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) call centres; computer terminals; neck disorders; upper extremity disorders; risk factors; frequency rates
Descriptors (secondary) Egypt; carpal-tunnel syndrome; musculoskeletal diseases; work posture; questionnaire survey; case-control study; medical examinations; telecommunications
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Ergonomics and work organization
Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Communications industry
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Work posture