Office and Industrial Workers Complaint Detection and Prevention of Professional Upper Limb Overuse

Viive Pille, Varje-Riin Tuulik, Piia Tint, Viiu Tuulik, Aaro Hazak


Work-related musculoskeletal disorders have a high frequency of occurrence, and they often cause temporary or permanent disability of the neck, shoulders, arms and back and pain complaints with respect to other muscles. In the present study, we investigated 66 office workers, 18 industrial workers from wood and textile industries and 40 SPA service workers. The pain complaints were mapped with the 10-point scale. The localization of the pain was assessed with the Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire. 66 office workers and 18 industrial workers were investigated with the help of myometry. The latter method enables to determine the fatigue and elasticity of the muscles. The main aim was to identify the occupational risk factors – possible developers of MSDs in the early stage of disturbances, thus preventing the formation of the chronic diseases and disabilities.


Musculoskeletal disorder; balneology; physical overload; risk assessment; upper limb; back pain.

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DOI: 10.7250/ste.2014.011

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