Background and Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a preventive ergonomic intervention, which was provided by physical therapists, on spinal and upper-extremity work-related posture and symptom complaints of workers who use video display terminals (VDT). Subjects: Two hundred employees who spent at least 20 hours per week at a VDT were randomly divided into 2 groups. Group E received the ergonomic intervention and an informative brochure, and group I received only the brochure. Methods: Both groups were evaluated at the beginning of the study and at a follow-up 5 months later. The following tools were used: a pain drawing and the Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA) method to assess spinal and upper-extremity work-related posture. Results: Group E had a lower REBA score and reduced lower back, neck, and shoulder symptoms compared with group I. Discussion and Conclusion The results suggest that a personalized preventive ergonomic intervention can improve spinal and upper-extremity work-related posture and musculoskeletal symptoms for workers who use VDTs. © 2007 American Physical Therapy Association.

Evaluation of two preventive interventions for reducing musculoskeletal complaints in operators of video display terminals / Pillastrini, Paolo; Mugnai, Raffaele; Farneti, Chiara; Bertozzi, Lucia; Bonfiglioli, Roberta; Curti, Stefania; Mattioli, Stefano; Violante, Francesco Saverio. - In: PHYSICAL THERAPY. - ISSN 0031-9023. - 87:5(2007), pp. 536-544. [10.2522/ptj.20060092]

Evaluation of two preventive interventions for reducing musculoskeletal complaints in operators of video display terminals

Pillastrini, Paolo;Mugnai, Raffaele;
2007

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Background and Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a preventive ergonomic intervention, which was provided by physical therapists, on spinal and upper-extremity work-related posture and symptom complaints of workers who use video display terminals (VDT). Subjects: Two hundred employees who spent at least 20 hours per week at a VDT were randomly divided into 2 groups. Group E received the ergonomic intervention and an informative brochure, and group I received only the brochure. Methods: Both groups were evaluated at the beginning of the study and at a follow-up 5 months later. The following tools were used: a pain drawing and the Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA) method to assess spinal and upper-extremity work-related posture. Results: Group E had a lower REBA score and reduced lower back, neck, and shoulder symptoms compared with group I. Discussion and Conclusion The results suggest that a personalized preventive ergonomic intervention can improve spinal and upper-extremity work-related posture and musculoskeletal symptoms for workers who use VDTs. © 2007 American Physical Therapy Association.
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Evaluation of two preventive interventions for reducing musculoskeletal complaints in operators of video display terminals / Pillastrini, Paolo; Mugnai, Raffaele; Farneti, Chiara; Bertozzi, Lucia; Bonfiglioli, Roberta; Curti, Stefania; Mattioli, Stefano; Violante, Francesco Saverio. - In: PHYSICAL THERAPY. - ISSN 0031-9023. - 87:5(2007), pp. 536-544. [10.2522/ptj.20060092]
Pillastrini, Paolo; Mugnai, Raffaele; Farneti, Chiara; Bertozzi, Lucia; Bonfiglioli, Roberta; Curti, Stefania; Mattioli, Stefano; Violante, Francesco Saverio
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