Neck and upper extremity pain in sonographers – Associations with occupational factors

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T1 - Neck and upper extremity pain in sonographers – Associations with occupational factors

AU - Gremark Simonsen, Jenny

AU - Axmon, Anna

AU - Nordander, Catarina

AU - Arvidsson, Inger

PY - 2017/1/1

Y1 - 2017/1/1

N2 - Sonographers have a high risk of musculoskeletal disorders. This study explores the associations between working conditions and musculoskeletal pain based on the frequency and intensity of pain in the neck and upper extremities. A questionnaire was answered by 291 female sonographers. High prevalence of neck/shoulder pain was associated with eye complaints and headache related to work on the computer, dissatisfaction with the computer workstation, high mechanical exposure index (MEI) and high demands. The possibility to adjust the keyboard and chair, and adequately corrected eyesight were positive factors. High prevalence of elbow/hand pain was associated with performing echocardiography, computer-related eye complaints, high MEI and high job and sensory demands. In echocardiography, working with a straight wrist and holding the transducer with a two-handed grip or alternating hands was associated with a low prevalence of elbow/hand pain. Thus, further improvements in the working conditions are possible and are recommended.

AB - Sonographers have a high risk of musculoskeletal disorders. This study explores the associations between working conditions and musculoskeletal pain based on the frequency and intensity of pain in the neck and upper extremities. A questionnaire was answered by 291 female sonographers. High prevalence of neck/shoulder pain was associated with eye complaints and headache related to work on the computer, dissatisfaction with the computer workstation, high mechanical exposure index (MEI) and high demands. The possibility to adjust the keyboard and chair, and adequately corrected eyesight were positive factors. High prevalence of elbow/hand pain was associated with performing echocardiography, computer-related eye complaints, high MEI and high job and sensory demands. In echocardiography, working with a straight wrist and holding the transducer with a two-handed grip or alternating hands was associated with a low prevalence of elbow/hand pain. Thus, further improvements in the working conditions are possible and are recommended.

KW - Ergonomics

KW - Psychosocial factors

KW - Sonography

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84978828836&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.apergo.2016.06.019

DO - 10.1016/j.apergo.2016.06.019

M3 - Article

C2 - 27633219

AN - SCOPUS:84978828836

VL - 58

SP - 245

EP - 253

JO - Applied Ergonomics

JF - Applied Ergonomics

SN - 1872-9126

ER -