Research Article
Volume 12 Issue 9 - 2021
Prevalence of Work-Related Muscular and Skeletal Disorder among Surgeons and Nurses in Saudi Arabia: A Cross-Sectional Study among 4 Tertiary Care Centers
Asim Muhammed Alshanberi1,2*, Ahmed H Mousa3 and Ayah H Jamour4
1Department of Community Medicine and Pilgrims Health Care, Umm Alqura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
2School of Medicine, Batterjee Medical College for Science and Technology, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
3School of Medicine and Surgery, Batterjee Medical College for Science and Technology, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
4School of Physical Therapy, Batterjee Medical College for Science and Technology, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
*Corresponding Author: Asim Muhammed Alshanberi, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine and Pilgrims Health Care, Umm Alqura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
Received: July 07, 2021; Published: August 28, 2021


The aim of the study is to evaluate the prevalence of symptoms connected to work-related skeletal and muscular disorders among nurses and surgeons in Saudi Arabia. The study is a descriptive cross-sectional one carried out in Saudi Germany hospital, King Abdullah complex, East Jeddah General Hospital and King Abdul-Aziz Hospital. All the hospitals mentioned here are located in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was conducted over the course of 8 months from November 2019 to July 2020. Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire (NMQ) was used in this study while data analysis was conducted via entry of the data collected from the questioner. The musculoskeletal symptoms appeared to be high in female surgeons as compared to male surgeons. This investigation revealed that 95.23% of the participated surgeons experienced musculoskeletal symptoms, while 4.76% of surgeons were not affected at all. On the other hand, 92.85% of nurses exhibited musculoskeletal symptoms, whereas 7.14% of nurses reported no symptoms at all. It was observed that the most abundant area subjected to pain, discomfort and ache was the lower back region among the surgeons and nurses. Lower portion of the back and neck are the most common areas for work related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in both surgeons and nurses but with different percentages. Hence, extensive research efforts are required to develop an in-depth understanding of occurrence of MSDs so that preventive measures can be introduced to minimize the incidence, complications and prevalence associated with them.

Keywords: Low Back Pain; Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire; Skeletal Disorders


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Citation: Asim Muhammed Alshanberi., et al. “Prevalence of Work-Related Muscular and Skeletal Disorder among Surgeons and Nurses in Saudi Arabia: A Cross-Sectional Study among 4 Tertiary Care Centers”. EC Orthopaedics 12.9 (2021): 08-13.

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