University of Burdwan, India
Title: Subjective & objective screening tools are integral part of pain classification & management: A case study of jute mill workers, India
Subhanu Roy Chowdhury is presently working as Assistant professor in University of Burdwan, India. His research interests include musculoskeletal disorders, Physiology and Personalized Medicine.
Work related musculoskeletal disorders are a common cause of pain in Jute Mill workers in Jute Mills involved in batching, weaving and stacking process. Th is study aimed to categorize the component of neuropathic and/or nociceptive pain with reference to chronic low back pain, its probable causes and its impact on functional variables like hand grip strength, number of man days lost etc. Male subjects [n=670] in the age range of 25-45 years from diff erent brick fi elds of Hooghly and North 24 Parganas of West Bengal, India with a work experience of more than 10 years participated in this study. Our results indicated pain/discomfort was mainly at the low back (45%), neck (33%) and wrist (12%). 14% of workers had a pain of >20 in the pain scale of the pain detect tool & 17% of workers were not satisfi ed with treatments with analgesics/antipyretics which indicate the involvement of neuropathic component of pain in them. Th e impact of pain was revealed on functional & productivity endpoints like reduced grip strength which also lead to absenteeism, loss of average man days [2.5/month], injuries [13% of workers] and monotony [65% workers]. Th e probable cause of the chronic low back pain may be due to radiculopathy from repetitive lift ing of bricks over and above the Recommended Weight Limit