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Occup Med (Lond). 2015 Mar;65(2):122-5. doi: 10.1093/occmed/kqu151. Epub 2014 Oct 24.

Prevalence of thoracic spine pain in a surveillance network.

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1
French Institute for Public Health Surveillance, Department of Occupational Health, F-49045 Saint-Maurice, France, LUNAM University, University of Angers, Laboratory of Ergonomics and Epidemiology in Occupational Health (LEEST), F-49045 Angers, France, INSERM Versailles University, UMS 011, 'Population-Based Epidemiological Cohorts' Research Unit, F-94807 Villejuif, France, natacha.fouquet@univ-angers.fr.
2
LUNAM University, University of Angers, Laboratory of Ergonomics and Epidemiology in Occupational Health (LEEST), F-49045 Angers, France.
3
INSERM Versailles University, UMS 011, 'Population-Based Epidemiological Cohorts' Research Unit, F-94807 Villejuif, France, Univ Versailles St-Quentin, F-78035 Versailles, France.
4
LUNAM University, University of Angers, Laboratory of Ergonomics and Epidemiology in Occupational Health (LEEST), F-49045 Angers, France, CHU Angers, F-49933 Angers, France.
5
LUNAM University, University of Angers, Laboratory of Ergonomics and Epidemiology in Occupational Health (LEEST), F-49045 Angers, France, Department of General Practice, LUNAM University, University of Angers, F-49045 Angers, France.
6
French Institute for Public Health Surveillance, Department of Occupational Health, F-49045 Saint-Maurice, France.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Back pain has long been identified as a major occupational health issue, but there are few prevalence studies on thoracic spine pain (TSP). The epidemiological surveillance of musculoskeletal disorders implemented in 2002 by the French Institute for Public Health Surveillance in the Pays de la Loire region provided the opportunity to study the prevalence of TSP in a large, representative sample of workers.

AIMS:

To assess the prevalence of TSP across a week in a regional workforce according to age, occupational category and industry sector in men and women separately.

METHODS:

A random sample of workers aged 20-59 years, representative of the regional workforce, was constituted between 2002 and 2005. Medical and occupational data were gathered by questionnaire.

RESULTS:

The sample consisted of 3710 workers (58% men). The prevalence of TSP was higher in women (17%) than in men (9%). Lower grade male white-collar workers were more likely to report TSP (17%) than male workers in other occupational categories, whereas upper grade female white-collar and professional workers were more likely to report TSP. No significant difference in the prevalence of TSP was noted in either men or women according to industry sector.

CONCLUSIONS:

Although TSP is less frequent than low back and neck pain, the results of this study indicate that 1 in 10 men and 1 in 5 women suffer from TSP.

KEYWORDS:

Musculoskeletal disorders; occupation; prevalence; thoracic spine pain.

PMID:
25344959
DOI:
10.1093/occmed/kqu151
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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