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Prevalence and pattern of work related musculoskeletal disorders among blacksmiths in Kurmi market, Kano: north-western Nigeria

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The study was carried out to identify the prevalence and pattern of work related musculoskeletal disorders among blacksmiths in Kurmi market, Kano state. A total of 138 blacksmiths were recruited out of which only 133 were able to fill the questionnaire properly. Data collected was analysed using descriptive statistics of frequency, percentages, tables, and charts, using SPSS version 15. Result obtained showed that there is high prevalence of work related musculoskeletal disorders among the studied population (43.3%), in which shoulder region is the most frequent area of affectation in 39.6% of the total symptoms reported. The predominant risk factors were high repetitive motion (85.7%), prolonged sitting (95.5%), and greater number of working hours i.e 5-8 hours for most days in 34.6% of the total population. Among the entire study population (n=133); only 30 ever attended hospital to seek for medical attention against their symptoms/complaints, out of which only 15 were seen by a physiotherapist. Also 7 out of the total study population ever absent themselves from work secondary to their symptoms. It was concluded that there is a high prevalence of WMSDs among blacksmiths. The upper extremity region of the body is more affected than lower extremities. Increasing age, weight and working for long hours or days were major risk factors to developing WMSDs.
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  • Department of Phyciotherapy, Facylty of Allied Health Sciences, College of Health Science, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria
  • Department of Phyciotherapy, Facylty of Allied Health Sciences, College of Health Science, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria
  • Department of Phyciotherapy, Facylty of Allied Health Sciences, College of Health Science, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria
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