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JRCRS. 2018; 6(1): 38-42

Frequency of Musculoskeletal Disorders and their Related Causative Factors Among Female Architecture Students in Lahore

Tamknat Ilyas, Bilal Umer, Faiza Taufiq.


Background: Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMD’s) are “disorders of soft tissue structures, caused or enhanced primarily by the overwork and by the effects of the environment in which work is carried out.”(1)
Objective: The purpose of the study was to find out the frequency of musculoskeletal disorders among female architecture students of Lahore College.
Methodology: A descriptive cross-sectional survey was conducted in three months. Data was collected from female architecture students studying in Lahore College for Women University. 300 students of architect engineering from 1st till 4th year who did not have the systemic disease were included by non probability Convenience sampling technique. Standardized Nordiq Questionnaire was used to collect the data.
Results: Results show that the frequency of musculoskeletal disorders among given sample is 76.7%.
All regions were assesed and among all neck pain (24.7%) being the most affected and then the low back (18%) area. 3rd year (85.3%) and 4th year (85.3%) students were more affected then the 1st (69.3%) and 2nd years (67.6%) students.
Conclusion: MSD’s had a high frequency among female architecture students due to monotonous movements of the wrist, hand and shoulder and prolong awkward posture of cervical spine and low back.

Key words: Musculoskeletal disorders, Work related musculoskeletal disorders, Standardized Nordiq questionnaire, Architecture

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