ISSN: 0970-938X (Print) | 0976-1683 (Electronic)

Biomedical Research

An International Journal of Medical Sciences


Work-related musculoskeletal symptoms among employees with different tasks: Ahlia University case study.

Background: Work-related Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are accountable for the morbidity in majority of the working population and is a known occupational problem that is characterized as multifactorial. The aim of the study was to investigate the prevalence MSDs and to determine the relationship between MSDs and BMI among the AU workers. Methods: 200 subjects both male and female from AU employees with the age ranging from 22-56 years old were included in the study. Demographic data were collected such as the age, nationality, gender, marital status, occupation, height, weight and BMI. All participants were given Nordic musculoskeletal questionnaire. Results: The results revealed that 45% have low back pain while 40% have also neck pain during the 1 year period of work. It is consistent in our study that majority of our participants have low back pain during the last 12 months (32%) and last 7 days (31%). The most commonly correlated with MSDs is the occupation followed by number of years in the job. BMI scores had a negative correlation with a) neck; wrist/hands; knees. All other body parts had positive correlation with their respective BMI scores. Conclusion: Work place influences the development of MSDs among Ahlia University employees and are positively related to complaints in the different body parts particularly the lower back and neck. MSDs have high relationship between occupation, number of years in the job and age. There is no significant relationship between BMI and specific body parts MSDs.

Author(s): Sayed Tantawy
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