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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
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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.

Abstract

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.

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