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Work-related musculoskeletal symptoms among car mechanics: a descriptive study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8987373     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A questionnaire concerning musculoskeletal symptoms (MSS) and working environment was answered by 100% of 103 car mechanics in 12 different garages. Almost all the mechanics had been troubled with MSS at work the past year. The most common MSS were symptoms from the low back, neck, head and shoulders. When asked which symptoms had been most troublesome at work most mechanics reported symptoms from the low back, upper back, shoulders and neck. Symptoms from the shoulders, low back and upper back were associated with absence from work due to MSS (OR = 4.2, 2.3 and 2.1 respectively). Mechanics between the ages of 30 and 40 reported significantly more shoulder symptoms than both younger and older colleagues (p < 0.001). It seems that symptoms from the back and shoulders restrain car mechanics, work more than any other MSS. The mechanics' most common working postures may contribute to the development of back and shoulder symptoms.
S Torp; T Riise; B E Moen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Occupational medicine (Oxford, England)     Volume:  46     ISSN:  0962-7480     ISO Abbreviation:  Occup Med (Lond)     Publication Date:  1996 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-02-06     Completed Date:  1997-02-06     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9205857     Medline TA:  Occup Med (Lond)     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  407-13     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Occupational Medicine, University of Bergen, Norway.
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MeSH Terms
Age Distribution
Analysis of Variance
Cross-Sectional Studies
Data Collection
Middle Aged
Multicenter Studies as Topic
Musculoskeletal Diseases / epidemiology,  etiology*,  physiopathology
Norway / epidemiology
Occupational Diseases / epidemiology,  etiology*,  physiopathology
Risk Factors

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