disorders (WRMSDs) is a debilitating condition which
affects the younger age physiotherapists. The etiology is
their professional working pattern. Reason for sick leaves
and loss of work hours have been attributed to WRMSDs.
Even though physiotherapists are aware of WRMSDs, a
high prevalence is seen among them. The aim was to find
out the prevalence and risk factors for WRMSDs in
physiotherapists working in Indore city.
Material: 500 physiotherapists participated in this crosssectional observational study. Questionnaire was used for
collecting the data. Young physiotherapists working at
least for 8 hours daily with at least 1 year of experience
were included. Association between demographic variables
and the WRMSDs was done using Pearson Chi-square
Results: The prevalence of WRMSDs was 20.8% in our
study. Tendinitis, muscular spasms and ligament sprain
were the most common. Lower back pain was complained
by most of them. 2-3 weeks of persistent pain was reported.
58.7% took sick leave due to WRMSDs with a duration of
1-14 days. Maintaining same position (59.6%), lifting
heavy objects (55.8%), bending and twisting (48.1%),
manual therapy (42.3%) and repetitive work (41.3%) were
the main etiology of pain. Avoidance of lifting, manual
therapy time reduction, posture change and avoiding work
when in pain were the common coping strategies adopted
by them. There was no relationship between demographic
variables and WRMSDs (p>0.05).
Conclusion: WRMSDs were seen among young
physiotherapists and to cope with that they avoided lifting
heavy objects, reduced manual therapy time and avoided
work when in pain.
Keywords : Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders, Manual Therapy, Low Back Pain, Changed Posture, Stop Working When in Pain, Coping Strategies for WRMSDs.