The literature on upper limb musculoskeletal disorders (UL-MSD) in different groups of healthcare workers was reviewed: 65 relevant studies were collected. In dentists, the neck was the most frequently affected segment, with prevalences up to 73% and exceeding 50% in 7 out of 12 studies. In dental hygienists and in laboratory technicians, the hand/wrist had the highest prevalence in the majority of the studies. In nurses, the most seriously affected anatomic sites were the neck and shoulders. Physiotherapists had the lowest prevalence of UL-MSD. A high prevalence of upper limb disease, mainly carpal tunnel syndrome, was reported in dentists, dental hygienists, anesthesia nurses and endoscopists. The high prevalence of upper limb disorders/diseases reported in health personnel supports the hypothesis of a significant risk in these workers. However, the possible role of biomechanical overload, as much as that of stress or other personal factors, cannot be currently assessed.
|Data di pubblicazione:||2014|
|Titolo:||Upper limb musculoskeletal disorders in healthcare personnel|
|Autori:||Vincenzo Occhionero;Leena Korpinen;Fabriziomaria Gobba|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1080/00140139.2014.917205|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||Articolo su rivista|
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