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Original Article: JRCRS. 2020; 8(2): 61-63.

3- Frequency of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Problems among Butchers.

Zuhaib Saleem1, Shoaib Waqas2, Muhammad Ahmad3, Asifa Javaid4, Amal Shakeel5

 1,3Student DPT, the University of Lahore

2Assistant Professor Lahore College of Physical Therapy, LMDC, Lahore

4Lecturer, Lahore College of Physical Therapy, LMDC, Lahore

5Senior Lecturer, Lahore College of Physical Therapy, LMDC, Lahore

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Background: A lot of workers of different professions tolerate health problems linked with musculoskeletal pain and work-related injuries, as a whole known as work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Butchers often complain about that due to sedentary posture.

Objective: To assess the prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders among butchers.

Methods: A cross sectional survey was conducted on 150 butchers by purposive sampling. Data was collected from different meat markets in Lahore using standardized Nordic musculoskeletal questionnaire. Data was entered and analyzed using SPSS and results were shown in form of graphs and charts.

Results: Frequency of neck, Shoulders, Elbows, Wrists/hands, Upper back, Lower back, Hips/Thighs, Knees and Ankles/Feet in last 12 months was 27.3%, 44.0%, 20.7%, 30%, 25.3%, 42.0%, 29.3%, 15.3% and 18.0% respectively. In last 7 days 10% neck pain, 12.7% shoulder pain, 6.7% elbow pain, 12.7% hands/wrist pain, 8.7% upper back pain, 16.7% lower back pain, 8.7% hips/thigh pain, 7.3% knees pain and 8.7% feet/ankle pain had reported.

Conclusion: There was higher frequency of work-related musculoskeletal problems including pain among butchers denoting their bad posture work habits.

Keywords: Musculoskeletal disorders