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Prevalence of the musculoskeletal disorder among school teachers

Nirav P Vaghela, Sanket K Parekh.


Background: Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) represent one of the most common and important occupational health problems in working populations, being responsible for a substantial impact on the quality of life and incurring a major economic burden in compensation cost and lost wages. School teachers represent an occupational group, among which there appears to be a high prevalence of MSD.

Aims and Objectives: The aim of this study is to find out the prevalence of the MSDs among school teachers.

Materials and Methods: The research project was conducted after getting clearance from Human Research Ethics Committee of the K M Patel Institution for Education and Research Centre. This study was conducted in the various schools. Three hundred and fourteen teachers were enrolled in this study. To investigate the MSDs among school teachers, they were interviewed with the modified Nordic questionnaire.

Results: In the current study, a total of 314 participants have been recruited in that minimum age of participants is 22 and maximum age is 59 with mean 40.5 ± 9.88. Total prevalence of the MSD is 71.95% among the teachers. In that, female were more affected with 72% than the males with 28%.

Conclusion: The teachers here in reported a high prevalence of musculoskeletal pain in the shoulder, knee, and back.

Key words: Repetitive Stress Injury; Pain; Occupational Hazards; Disability; Abneetism; Physical Health; Quality of Life

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