Work-related musculoskeletal disorders among faculty members of college of Applied Medical Sciences, Majmaah University, Saudi Arabia: A cross-sectional study

  • Mohamed Sherif Sirajudeen Majmaah University
  • Mohammed Alaidarous Majmaah University
  • Mohamed Waly Majmaah University
  • Mazen Alqahtani Majmaah University
Keywords: Computer use, ergonomics, university faculty members, work-related musculoskeletal disorders

Abstract

Objective: Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) have a significant impact on university faculty members. However, very few studies addressed this issue. The objectives of this study were to determine the prevalence and factors associated with WMSDs among the College of Applied Medical Sciences (CAMS) faculty members of Majmaah University, Saudi Arabia.

Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 60 faculty members were recruited using convenience sampling technique. After obtaining the informed consent, data regarding personal characteristics, workplace factors, and prevalence of WMSDs were collected by a valid, reliable, and self-administered musculoskeletal questionnaire.

Results: The prevalence of WMSDs in anybody region among faculty members in this study was 55 %. The neck complaint was the most prevalent WMSDs (53.5%), followed by lower back (43.3%) and hand regions (31.6%). Computer use and lack of ergonomic training were associated with WMSDs in most of the body regions.

Conclusion: More than half of the study participants were affected with WMSDs. The findings of this study emphasize the essentiality of ergonomic training for the faculty members.

Author Biographies

Mohamed Sherif Sirajudeen, Majmaah University
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Health Rehabilitation, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Majmaah University, Al Majmaah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Mohammed Alaidarous, Majmaah University
Assistant Professor – Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Majmaah University, Al Majmaah, Saudi Arabia.
Mohamed Waly, Majmaah University
Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Equipment Technology, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Majmaah University, Al Majmaah, Saudi Arabia
Mazen Alqahtani, Majmaah University
Chairman, Department of Physical Therapy and Health Rehabilitation, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Majmaah University, Al Majmaah, Saudi Arabia
Published
2018-05-23
How to Cite
Sirajudeen, M. S., Alaidarous, M., Waly, M., & Alqahtani, M. (2018). Work-related musculoskeletal disorders among faculty members of college of Applied Medical Sciences, Majmaah University, Saudi Arabia: A cross-sectional study. International Journal of Health Sciences, 12(4). Retrieved from https://ijhs.org.sa/index.php/journal/article/view/2483
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Original Paper