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J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil. 2015;28(3):425-31. doi: 10.3233/BMR-140536.

Prevalence of neck pain among cabin crew of Saudi Airlines.

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1
Department of Basic Sciences-Faculty of Physical Therapy-Cairo University, Cairo-Egypt, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
2
Department of Physical Therapy, College of Applied Medical Sciences, University of Dammam, Al-Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Neck pain is considered to be a major health problem in modern societies. Many previous studies found that certain occupations are related to this problem or are associated with the risk of developing it in future. Although the pain is caused by mechanical factors, it may progress to a serious problem and give rise to other abnormal symptoms such as vertigo, headache, or migraine.

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate the prevalence of neck pain among the cabin crew of Saudi Airlines.

DESIGN OF STUDY:

A cross-sectional study was carried out on the available Saudi Airlines cabin crews in King Fahad Airport during our visits, using questionnaires and measurements of several parameters.

METHODS:

Neck Pain Questionnaires were distributed to the cabin crews on Saudi Airlines and assessment sheets were completed by all participants of the study to evaluate the prevalence and distribution of neck pain. Physical therapy examination of neck motions in different directions and specific tests were performed by all the participants to identify any symptoms. Using these data the prevalence of neck pain among the cabin crews was calculated. Collected data were analyzed statistically using SPSS software calculating the mean, median, and score of the questionnaire.

RESULTS:

According to the scoring system of the study, 31 (30.09%) of 105 cabin crew staff of Saudi Airlines had neck pain. Our study confirmed a positive correlation between this occupation and neck pain, and in fact found that according to the results of logistic regression analysis, this occupation is the only significant factor that affects the positive compression test.

CONCLUSION:

The prevalence of neck pain among the cabin crews of Saudi Airlines was emphasized. The results show a high prevalence of neck pain in the participants of the study, with most cases appearing to run a chronic - episodic course. Further research is needed to help us understand more about the long-term course of neck pain and its broader outcomes and impacts.

KEYWORDS:

Neck pain; flying; occupation risk factor

PMID:
25467997
DOI:
10.3233/BMR-140536
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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