MS Stamou1,2*, G Papathanasiou1,2, D Bakalidou1,2, M Papadopoulou1,1, E Bontioti1, E Kontaxaki1 and S Zepou1
1Department of Physiotherapy, University of West Attica, Greece
2Laboratory of Neuromuscular and Cardiovascular, Study of Motion – LANECASM Athens, Greece
*Corresponding Author: MS Stamou, Laboratory Teaching Stuff, Physiotherapy Department, University of West Attica, Greece.
Received: September 23, 2020; Published: October 08, 2020
First reports go back to the 17th century when Ramazzini related for the first time this profession to musculoskeletal disorders. Focus on research and solution to this has been made only recently as it has become a problem with high costs due to lost labor hours and increased prevalence among the practicians. The financial cost to the general population is high, both directly utilizing money spent and indirectly in the shape of lost manpower hours due to illness. The purpose of this pilot perspective study was to examine the levels of musculoskeletal pain in physiotherapists working in the Hellenic Armed Forces hospitals and research the risk factors. A three-page questionnaire consisting of close-ended questions was used. The collection of data was carried out by personal interviews using the PAPI method and took place from May of 2016 through January of 2017. Questionnaires were given to thirty-seven physiotherapists giving a response rate 54%. 85% of the participants reported pain in at least one anatomical range of their body during last year, with the most commonly affected were the upper and lower back, knees and neck. The study presents a statistically important correlation. Fitness and stress have an impact on musculoskeletal pain level as it was identified in this study. Understanding work risk factors which lead to occupational musculoskeletal injuries may help to take precautions and improve the quality of the healthcare system.
Keywords: Musculoskeletal Disorders; Occupational Diseases; Armed Forces’ Hospitals; Risk Factor; Physiotherapists
Citation: MS Stamou., et al. “Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders Among Physiotherapists in Hellenic Armed Forces Hospitals".Acta Scientific Orthopaedics 3.11 (2020): 12-16.
Copyright: © 2020 MS Stamou., 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.