30/09/2005

Physiotherapists at high risk from musculoskeletal disorders

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are one of the most common causes of severe
long-term pain and physical disability and are considered one of the biggest
health problems facing workers today. It is believed that a group of health
workers, who work to alleviate the effects of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)
in some of their patients, are themselves at elevated risk of developing these
conditions through their occupation.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) sought to determine the extent of
the problem among the ranks of its membership and physiotherapy assistants by
examining over 3,500 responses and publishing the findings in its report,
Work-related musculoskeletal disorders affecting members of the Chartered
Society of Physiotherapy.

In a new report published today, the extent of work-related musculoskeletal
disorders in CSP members is revealed. Based on a survey of 3,661
physiotherapists, physiotherapy assistants and physiotherapy students on
clinical placement, the report discusses the results of what is the largest
health and safety study the CSP has ever undertaken.

The study reveals that younger physiotherapists and newly qualified graduates
are most at risk and in need of interventions aimed at reducing injury rates,
and that under-reporting of MSD's is commonplace. It examined at which career
stage injuries occurred, the clinical setting, job risk factors, and offers
preventive strategies.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: Health and Safety Executive