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