Upper limb symptoms in hand-intensive healthcare occupations

A look at the physiotherapists’ own musculoskeletal upper limb complaints

This study has found the annual prevalence of upper limb (UL) symptoms in physiotherapists in at least one site to be 78%.

Most affected regions were the shoulder, neck, and thumbs; 21% of therapists reported incapacitating symptoms, and interestingly, it was found that hospital-based therapists had a significantly higher prevalence of incapacitating symptoms.

The high prevalence of UL symptoms should warrant the attention of occupational health teams in terms of prevention strategies and risk assessment.


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