Work-related musculoskeletal disorders

Organisational unit: Research group

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Environmental Health and Occupational Health


  • Musculoskeletal system , muscular activity, work postures, work movements



Disorders of the musculoskeletal system (i.a. in neck/shoulder/arm) is a problem in many occupational settings. Female industry workers and male construction workers exemplify occupations with high disorder prevalences. Further, many jobs in the service sector, such as cleaning and hairdressing, constitute a risk. Since many years, we do research in this area, with the purpose of increasing the scientific knowledge about the relationships between exposure and disorders, and have developed methods for measurement of work postures and movements, an for muscular activity, by portable technical measurements. The methods are validated and have been applied in many occupations. We therefore have good knowledge about relevant and riskful exposure levels Further, we apply a standardized clinical examination to assess musculoskeletal disorders, which we have applied in a large number of occupations. We use these methods in epidemiological field studies in male an female workers in different occupations.

Recent research outputs

Kerstin Nilsson & Emma Nilsson, 2021 May, Proceedings of the 21st Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2021): Volume II: Inclusive Design. Black, N. L., Neumann, W. P. & Noy, I. (eds.). Cham: Springer Nature Switzerland AG, Vol. 220. p. 10-16 (Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems; vol. 220).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingPaper in conference proceeding

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