Special Issue Article
The Association of Unsound Sitting Posture and Vertebral Musculoskeletal Pain among University Administrators
|Ellapen TJ*, Narsigan S, Abrahams S and Desai FA|
|Department of Biokinetics, School of Health Science, University of Kwa Zulu Natal, Exercise and Leisure Sciences, South Africa|
|*Corresponding Author :||Terry Ellapen
Department of Biokinetics, School of Health Science
University of Kwa Zulu Natal
Exercise and Leisure Sciences, South Africa
Tel: +27 31 2608766
E-mail: [email protected]
|Received January 17, 2014; Accepted February 25, 2014; Published March 04, 2014|
|Citation: Ellapen TJ, Narsigan S, Abrahams S, Desai FA (2014) The Association of Unsound Sitting Posture and Vertebral Musculoskeletal Pain among University Administrators. J Ergonomics S4:001. doi:10.4172/2165-7556.S4-001|
|Copyright: © 2014 Ellapen TJ, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.|
Background: This study documented the prevalence of work related musculoskeletal pain of University of Kwa- Zulu Natal staff members who operate a computer for a minimum of 5 hours daily.
Method: Subjects completed a self-report musculoskeletal pain questionnaire, which gathered their demographical and work related musculoskeletal pain over the last 12 months. The following descriptive statistics mode, mean, frequency, percentages and inferential statistics, chi-square (p< 0.05) were employed to analyse the data.
Results: One hundred and two (68.00%) of the cohort complained of musculoskeletal pain within the last 12 months (X2 (1, N = 150) = 1.03E-05, p<0.0001). The most prevalent anatomical sites of musculoskeletal pain were; lumbar vertebrae (30.27%), shoulder (24.42%), cervical and thoracic vertebrae (22.80%) (X2 (2, N = 102) = 6.65E- 47, p<0.0001).
Conclusion: University of Kwa-Zulu Natal staff members complained of a high prevalence of musculoskeletal lumbar, shoulder, cervical and thoracic pain.