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Document ID (ISN)78446
CIS number 02-968
ISSN - Serial title 0003-6870 - Applied Ergonomics
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Szeto G.P.Y., Straker L., Raine S.
Title A field comparison of neck and shoulder postures in symptomatic and asymptomatic office workers
Bibliographic information Jan. 2002, Vol.33, No.1, p.75-84. Illus. 36 ref.
Abstract The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare the head, neck and shoulder postures of female office workers with and without symptoms in these regions. The two groups reported significantly different discomfort scores across five trials repeated during a working day. Results of video capture and two-dimensional motion analysis showed increased head tilt and neck flexion postures in the symptomatic subjects compared to the asymptomatic subjects. Symptomatic subjects also tended to have more protracted acromions. All subjects demonstrated an approximately 10% increase in forward head posture from their relaxed sitting postures when working with the computer display, but there were no significant changes in posture as a result of time-at-work.
Descriptors (primary) work posture; office work; musculoskeletal diseases; visual display terminals
Descriptors (secondary) symptoms; posture recording; neck disorders; body mechanics; case-control study; job study; women; shoulder
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceAustralia; Hong Kong
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Office work
Visual display terminals (VDTs)
Work posture