Submitted: 26 Oct 2017
Accepted: 10 Jan 2018
First published online: 10 Feb 2018
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J Prev Epidemiol. 2018;3(1):e06-e06.
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The prevalence of musculoskeletal pains among students

Firouz Amani 1, Anahita Zakeri 2, Vahid Abbasi 3, Mohammad Bahadoram 4, Mohammad Davoodi 5, Nozar Dorestan 6 *

1 Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Ardabil University of Medical Sciences, Ardabil, Iran
2 Department of Internal Medicine, Imam Khomeini Hospital, Ardabil University of Medical Sciences, Ardabil, Iran
3 Department of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine, Ardabil University of Medical Sciences, Ardabil, Iran
4 Medical Student Research Committee and Social Determinant of Health Research Center, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran
5 Department of Radiology, School of Medicine, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran
6 Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran
Correspondence to: Nozar Dorestan, Email: Dorestan.Nozar@gmail.com

Abstract

Introduction: Musculoskeletal pain is one of the most important pains among adolescents.

Objectives: This study was carried out to determine the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders and its related complications among students in Ardebil.

Patients and Methods: This cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted on 158 students selected by random sampling for participation in a study from two male and female schools in Ardebil. After introducing and explaining the study goals and obtaining informed consent, the Nordic questionnaire was completed by interviewing.

Results: of all students participating in the study, 55% had pain in the musculoskeletal system. The most severe pain was reported in the knee zone and the mildest pain in the pelvic zone that overall knee pain was revealed in 29.5% and neck pain in 27.3%. There was a significant relationship between body mass index (BMI) of students and musculoskeletal pain. Additionally, a significant relationship between height and musculoskeletal features was seen. There is also a significant relationship between the type of school bag and musculoskeletal disorders.

Conclusion: Musculoskeletal discomfort is commonly reported among students in Ardabil city with an overall prevalence of 55%. This discomfort is potentially influenced by students’ body mass index, type, shape and quality of bags.

Citation: Amani F, Zakeri A, Abbasi V, Bahadoram M, Davoodi M, Dorestan N. The prevalence of musculoskeletal pains among students. J Prev Epidemiol. 2018;3(1):e06. DOI: 10.15171/jpe.2018.06.
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