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Am J Ophthalmol. 2005 Jan;139(1):179-81.

Symptoms of musculoskeletal disorders in ophthalmologists.

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Department of Physical Therapy, Lahey Clinic, Peabody, Massachusetts, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe the presence of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) of the neck, low back, and upper extremity among ophthalmologists.

DESIGN:

Survey.

METHODS:

Mail survey using a pretested instrument to 2,529 ophthalmologists in the Northeastern United States; 697 ophthalmologists (28%) returned a completed survey.

RESULTS:

Self-reported prevalence of neck, upper body, or lower back symptoms in the prior month was 51.8%. Low back pain was present in 39% of respondents, followed by upper extremity symptoms (32.9%) and neck pain (32.6%). Approximately 15% of ophthalmologists were slightly to moderately limited in their work as a result of these symptoms.

CONCLUSION:

MSD symptoms appear to be common among ophthalmologists. With a relatively low response rate, however, it is plausible that asymptomatic subjects represent a large percentage of the nonrespondents. Additional investigation is warranted to evaluate ergonomic risk factor exposure and establish injury prevention guidelines.

PMID:
15652844
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajo.2004.06.091
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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