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What Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders are Common in Occupational Therapists?

 The importance of studies that help us understand what factors are associated with injuries is to help keep ourselves in good health too.

It isn't surprising that job stress is associated with musculoskeletal disorders for occupational therapists. Feeling job stress will increase negative attitude toward their role.  What would be interesting: what do occupational therapists feel increases their stress?


Here's a quick view of the abstract. 

Association among Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders, Job Stress, and Job Attitude of Occupational Therapists.


This study was conducted to investigate the associations among work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs), job stress, and job attitude of occupational therapists in South Korea. Self-reporting questionnaires were distributed to 150 occupational therapists. Of the 128 occupational therapists who responded, 110 (85.9%) reported WMSDs affecting at least one body site. The most affected WMSDs site was the low back (26.8%), and the most reported number of body site affected by WMSDs was one (53.9%). As a result, there were significant differences in job stress and job attitude depending on the age, work experience, working hour, presence or absence of WMSDs, and number of site of pain. Factors influencing job attitude included job stress, the presence or absence of WMSDs and duration of pain. The results showed that the occurrence of WMSDs in occupational therapists was associated with increased job stress and negative job attitude.

2017 Jan 17:1-10. doi: 10.1080/07380577.2016.1270482. [Epub ahead of print]