"International Journal of Physical Education, Sports and Health"
2016, Vol. 3, Issue 1, Part F
Prevalence of work related musculoskeletal disorders among Physiotherapists in Sabah: A cross-sectional studyAuthor(s):
Rajan Balakrishnan, Nur Asyikin Binti Moh NaibAbstract: Objective:
The study is aimed to findrnout the prevalence work-related musculoskeletal disorders among physiotherapistsrnin Sabah.Background:
Physiotherapists are knownrnto be prone to Work-Related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMDs) but itsrnprevalence among physiotherapists in Sabah (East) Malaysia has not beenrnreported. This study investigated the prevalence and work factors of WRMDsrnamong physiotherapists in Sabah.Design:
A cross-sectional survey.Methods:
A survey was administeredrnto physiotherapists in different parts of Sabah. 100 copies of thernquestionnaire were distributed to different Hospital or Rehabilitation centresrnin Sabah.Result:
A 12-month prevalence ofrnWRMDs among physiotherapists in Sabah was 70 respondents with odds ratiorn2.333333= 70%. Injuries have been occurred mostly in low back region with oddsrnratio 0.785714= 44%, followed by the neck with odds ratio 0.25= 20.0% from 20rnrespondents. The highest risk factors in causing the injury were working in thernsame position for long periods of time with odds ratio 4.833333= 82.9% from 58rnrespondents, and 4.384615= 81.4% from 57 respondents by lifting or transferringrndependent patients.Conclusion:
According to the results ofrnthis study, the rate of WRMDs among physiotherapists in Sabah has been found tornbe high due to their work factors. Respondents felt that a change in workrnhabits was required in order to decrease the risk of another injury.Pages: 336-343 | 1234 Views 35 DownloadsDownload Full Article:
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Rajan Balakrishnan, Nur Asyikin Binti Moh Naib. Prevalence of work related musculoskeletal disorders among Physiotherapists in Sabah: A cross-sectional study. Int J Phys Educ Sports Health 2016;3(1):336-343.