Symptoms of musculoskeletal disorders in ophthalmologists

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  • To describe the presence of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) of the neck, low back, and upper extremity among ophthalmologists. Survey. Mail survey using a pretested instrument to 2,529 ophthalmologists in the Northeastern United States; 697 ophthalmologists (28%) returned a completed survey. Self-reported prevalence of neck, upper body, or lower back symptoms in the prior month was 51.8%. Low back pain was present in 39% of respondents, followed by upper extremity symptoms (32.9%) and neck pain (32.6%). Approximately 15% of ophthalmologists were slightly to moderately limited in their work as a result of these symptoms. MSD symptoms appear to be common among ophthalmologists. With a relatively low response rate, however, it is plausible that asypmtomatic subjects represent a large percentage of the nonrespondents. Additional investigation is warranted to evaluate ergonomic risk factor exposure and establish injury prevention guidelines. © 2005 by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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  • Dhimitri KC; McGwin G; McNeal SF; Lee P; Morse PA; Patterson M; Wertz FD; Marx JL
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  • 179
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  • 181
  • Volume

  • 139
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  • 1