Work-site musculoskeletal pain risk estimates by trained observers - a prospective cohort study.
Summary of "Work-site musculoskeletal pain risk estimates by trained observers - a prospective cohort study."
Work-related musculoskeletal pain (MSP) risk assessments by trained observers are often used in ergonomic practice; however, the validity may be questionable. We investigated the predictive value of work-site MSP risk estimates in a prospective cohort study of 1745 workers. Trained observers estimated the risk of MSP (neck, shoulder or low-back pain) using a three-point scale (high, moderate and low risk) after observing a video of randomly selected workers representing a task group. Associations of the estimated risk of pain and reported pain during a three-year follow-up were assessed using logistic regression. Estimated risk of neck and shoulder pain did (odds ratio,
1.45 (95% confidence interval,
1.01-2.08); 1.64 (95%
1.05-2.55)), however, estimated risk of low-back pain did not significantly predict pain (
0.91-1.79)). The results show that observers were able to estimate the risk of shoulder and neck pain, whereas they found it difficult to estimate the risk of low-back pain. Practitioner Summary: Work-related musculoskeletal pain risk assessments by observers are often used in ergonomic practice. We showed that observers were able to estimate shoulder and neck pain risk, but had difficulties to estimate the risk of low-back pain. Therefore, observers' risk estimates might provide a useful method for musculoskeletal pain risk assessments.
a Faculty of Human Movement Sciences, MOVE Research Institute Amsterdam , VU University Amsterdam , Amsterdam , The Netherlands.
This article was published in the following journal.
- PubMed Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22897513
- DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00140139.2012.709540
Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
Cumulative Trauma Disorders
Harmful and painful condition caused by overuse or overexertion of some part of the musculoskeletal system, often resulting from work-related physical activities. It is characterized by inflammation, pain, or dysfunction of the involved joints, bones, ligaments, and nerves.
A type of pain that is perceived in an area away from the site where the pain arises, such as facial pain caused by lesion of the VAGUS NERVE, or throat problem generating referred pain in the ear.
Unilateral or bilateral pain of the shoulder. It is often caused by physical activities such as work or sports participation, but may also be pathologic in origin.
Musculoskeletal Physiological Phenomena
Processes and properties of the MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM.
Musculoskeletal Physiological Processes
Biological actions and functions of the MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM.
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