IJPR.2017.138

Type of Article:  Original Research

Volume 5; Issue 3 (June 2017)

Page No.: 2073-2076

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijpr.2017.138

PREVELANCE OF MUSCULOSKELETAL PROBLEMS AND AWARENESS ABOUT ERGONOMICS IN LABORATORY TECHNICIANS WORKING ON MICROSCOPE

Nupura Rajiv Naik *1 , James Ghagare 2.

1 BPTh, Sancheti Institute College of physiotherapy, ShivajinagarPune, Maharashtra, India.

*2 MPTh, Assistant Professor, Sancheti Institute College of Physiotherapy, Pune, Maharashtra, India.

Address for correspondence: Dr. James Ghagare, Associate Professor, Sancheti Institute College of Physiotherapy, Sancheti Healthcare Academy, 11/12 Thube Park, Shivajinagar, Pune – 411005, Maharashtra, India. E-Mail: jamesphysio_2002@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT

Background: In current times increase in number of diseases has led to an increased work load on health care professionals. This has led to an increase in work related musculoskeletal problems amongst them.One such professional are the laboratory technicians working on microscope who deal with slide preparation, culture techniques, slide observation regularly.

Context and purpose of study: As laboratory technicians have to maintain static postures, awkward bodily adjustments, constant forward bending, contact stress, they are at a greater risk of developing musculoskeletal problems with time. Therefore this study was aimed at finding out the prevalence of musculoskeletal problems and awareness about ergonomics in using microscope amongst them.

Result: The  result of the study carried out showed that neck, lowerback, upperback, were most severely affected followed by head ,left arm and eyes in decreasing order of severity.Also57.47% laboratory technicians were aware about role of ergonomics and 81.60 % were aware about the ideal sitting posture while working on microscope.

Main findings: 87.87%population with a female predominance who had work experience of more than 10 years experienced a dull aching musculoskeletal pain at neck, lower back and upper back. Leaning forward towards the eyepiece was favoured by 67.81% technicians and 51.72% technicians preferred chair with lower back support and with an adjustable height. About 57.87% laboratory technicians were awareabout ergonomics and 81.06% knew the ideal sitting posture while working on microscope.

Conclusion: The study thus concludes that 87.35% laboratory technicians showed a prevalence of musculoskeletal problems while only 57.47% were aware about correct ergonomics in using microscope and 81.60% knew the ideal sitting posture while working on microscope, yet the ideal sitting posture was not regularized in daily practice which led to work related musculoskeletal problems in them.

KEY WORDS: Musculoskeletal Problems, Laboratory Technicians, Awareness, Ergonomics, Microscope.

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Cite this article: Nupura Rajiv Naik, James Ghagare. PREVELANCE OF MUSCULOSKELETAL PROBLEMS AND AWARENESS ABOUT ERGONOMICS IN LABORATORY TECHNICIANS WORKING ON MICROSCOPE. Int J Physiother Res 2017;5(3):2073-2076. DOI: 10.16965/ijpr.2017.138
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