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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 185-193

Prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders and eye strain among the radiologists in Belagavi

Department of Orthopedic Manual Therapy, KAHER Institute of Physiotherapy and Research, Belgaum, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Anand Heggannavar
KAHER Institute of Physiotherapy, Nehru Nagar, Belagavi - 590 010, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/bjhs.bjhs_16_20

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BACKGROUND: Radiologists face unique occupational health hazards among which musculoskeletal injuries, chronic eye strain, and others are yet to receive adequate attention. Mental strain due to demanding turnaround times and work pressures may lead to burnout. These combine to decrease overall work satisfaction and productivity. AIMS: The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and eye strain among the radiologists in Belagavi. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: This was an observational study where a self-administered questionnaire inclusive of the Nordic Musculoskeletal and Eye Strain Survey Questionnaire was provided to 47 radiologists. This questionnaire was given to most of the radiology centers in Belagavi specifically to radiographers who had at least more than 2 years of experience and daily work duration of more than 7 h. STATISTICAL ANALYSIS USED: The statistical analysis was carried out using Statistical Package of the Social Science s Version 20.0. RESULTS: The prevalence of neck pain among candidates was 74.4% followed upper back pain with rate of 65.9% and lower back pain with rate of 63.8%. The prevalence of shoulder pain was 57.4%. Wrist/hand pain was 55.3% while 29.7% complained of elbow pain. Twenty radiologists state that their symptoms have aggravated after introduction of picture archiving and communication system. CONCLUSIONS: There was a prevalence of MSDs and eye strain seen among radiologists.

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