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Work. 2015;50(3):379-86. doi: 10.3233/WOR-151994.

Musculoskeletal complaints among physiotherapy and occupational therapy rehabilitation professionals in Bangladesh.

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1
Department of Physiotherapy, Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
2
Department of Occupational Therapy, Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
3
Department of Epidemiology {\&} Biostatistics, Bangladesh Institute of Health Sciences, Mirpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
4
Department of Occupational Therapy, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Physiotherapy and occupational therapy professionals are at high risk of developing occupational musculoskeletal injuries globally. Musculoskeletal pain is the most common problem.

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the extent of discomfort that physiotherapy and occupational therapy health professionals report while working at a physical rehabilitation centre.

PARTICIPANTS:

Physiotherapy and occupational therapy professionals which include both graduate and diploma physiotherapists and occupational therapists as well as physiotherapy and occupational therapy assistants.

METHODS:

A self administered questionnaire (survey) was conducted on a convenient sample of 101 physiotherapy and occupational therapy personnel.

RESULTS:

The mean age of the 101 participants was 27.8 (± 4.5) years and most of the participants (62%) had less than 5 years of work experience. Ninety-five percent of the participants complained of work related pain. Most of the participants reported pain in the lower back (n=84) followed by upper back (n=71) and neck (n=66). Significant associations were found for pain in ankles/feet with age (p=0.05) and pain in neck with gender (p=0.01).

CONCLUSION:

Physiotherapy and occupational therapy professionals suffer from pain in relation to the work they do as therapists which may be due to non-practice of appropriate body mechanics. Mechanism to assess level of practice during dealing with patients may be introduced to enable corrective measures. Incentives should be considered for appropriate practice.

KEYWORDS:

Musculoskeletal discomfort survey; occupational injury; therapist; visual analogue scale

PMID:
25672956
DOI:
10.3233/WOR-151994
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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