Prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders among physical therapists
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King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (College of Applied Medical Sciences, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Rehabilitation Research Chair)
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Zaheen Iqbal   

King Saud University, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Riyadh 11433, Saudi Arabia
Med Pr 2015;66(4):459–469
Background: Health professions like dentistry, nursing and physical therapy have been reported at high risk for developing workrelated musculoskeletal disorders. Results of studies conducted in these occupational groups may help formulate prevention strategies. However, no such data among physical therapists has been reported in India. Material and Methods: We conducted an online survey among 100 physiotherapists in Delhi. Results: The response rate was 75%. The prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders is found to be high since 92% of them reported to feel some pain after joining physical therapy which affects daily activities and even sometimes forces them to change their work. Physical therapists specialty, gender, furniture used in clinic and duration of patient contact are found to be related to the pain development (p < 0.05). Conclusions: We need to emphasize the role of ergonomics and techniques of patient handling in development of work-related pain symptoms. Med Pr 2015;66(4):459–469