Prevalence of work-related wrist and hand Musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD) among computer users, Karnataka state, India

Srilatha, G. Maiya Arun, Vinod Bhat, Nalini Sathiakumar

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Background: Work-related musculoskeletal (WMSD) disorders of the wrist and hand have been reported among computer users. Data on estimates of prevalence of computer users in India are limited. Aim: To Find prevalence of self-reported WMSD of the wrist and hand among computer users. Method: A survey using questionnaire distributed to 783 computer users, employed at two workplaces in Karnataka, India.Result: Prevalence of self-reported WMSD of the wrist and hand was 58%. Women were more to report symptoms than men (69% vs. 53%). Computer users between 21 to 30 years of age were more to report symptoms than those between 40 to 55 years (76% vs. 9%). Conclusion: The prevalence of WMSD of wrist and hand is high and dependent on gender and age. There is a need to develop specific strategies in workplace to reduce the occurrence of WMSD of the wrist and hand.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)605-607
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 23-06-2011


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  • Clinical Biochemistry

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