Association Between Work Related Musculoskeletal Pain and Quality
of Sleep Among Work from Home Individuals
Bhavna Anand*, Kshipra Gupta, S Gautam, Ruchika Kalra, Shubhi kulshrestha, Shubham Kumar and Sukriti Raj
Teaching Associate, Amity Institute of Physiotherapy, Amity University Uttar Pradesh, India
*Corresponding Author: Bhavna Anand, Teaching Associate, Amity Institute of Physiotherapy, Amity University Uttar Pradesh, India.
April 20, 2022; Published: May 23, 2022
Background: The entire world is witnessing the impact of covid-19 today. In response to the ongoing global pandemic, most of the organizations have adopted work from home culture. With this work from home culture, there is a significant increase in incidences of musculoskeletal discomforts experienced by the working population. Also, a larger population is struggling with poor sleep owing to the increased physical and mental stress imposed by the global pandemic. Hence, there is a need to identify the consequences of WFH culture and extent to which it has impacted the quality of sleep-in working population.
Objective: The aim of the study is to check association between work related musculoskeletal pain and quality of sleep among work from home individuals.
Method- Due to the pandemic, an online survey is conducted and consent from participants will be obtained. The survey questionnaire will be prepared using Microsoft forms and will be distributed through WhatsApp to concerned population. Two standard questionnaires used- Orebro musculoskeletal pain screening questionnaire and Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index. Questionnaire includes questions based on work related discomforts and sleep patterns during the pandemic time. 101 individuals participated in the survey study out of which only 90 participants met the inclusion criteria of the study.
Results- The study revealed that 24.44% of the participants mentioned having pain and discomfort in neck and 23.33% of participants complained of pain in upper back followed by lower back (17.77%). Pain in shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, knee, ankle and foot was mentioned by 10%, 2.22%, 10%, 4.44% and 2.22% participants respectively. The present study shows a weak correlation between the two outcome scales used and Pearson coefficient is found to be 0.250.
Conclusion: Majority of participants have reported having musculoskeletal pain in at least one region of the body during covid-19 pandemic. Since the pandemic has not only caused mental stress but has also increased the instances of physical pain and discomfort, it has raised the concern and requires intervention at the earliest.
Keywords: Musculoskeletal pain, Covid-19 pandemic, work from home, quality of sleep, PSQI, Orebro musculoskeletal pain screening questionnaire
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