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Exercise and musculoskeletal pain in healthcare workers

Are exercise interventions effective in reducing musculoskeletal pain in healthcare workers?

The authors of this study found that a workplace-based exercise program was more effective than a home-based program in reducing musculoskeletal pain levels for the shoulder, upper and lower back, hips, and feet.

Nevertheless, group-by-time interactions were only significant for the lower back and feet. Lower back pressure pain threshold (PPT) was higher after the workplace- than in the home-based exercise program.

Supervised workplace-based interventions, accompanied by motivational coaching sessions, produced a greater improvement in lower back PPT and lower back and foot musculoskeletal pain.

Healthcare stakeholders should consider these findings when trying to improve employees’ musculoskeletal health and well-being as workplace-based interventions show greater adherence and improved pain levels.

> From: Jakobsen et al., Musculoskelet Sci Pract 34 (2018) 89-96 (Epub ahead of print). All rights reserved to The Author(s). Click here for the online summary.

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