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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

 

Volume 3, Issue 1, 2012 pp 29-32

 

Research Article

 

Musculoskeletal morbidities among bus drivers in city of Central India

Amod Borle1, Sandeep Gunjal2, Ashok Jadhao3, Suresh Ughade3, Arun Humne4

1 Assistant Professor, Dept. of PSM, RCSM Govt. Medical College, Kolhapur (M.S.) INDIA.

2 Assistant Professor, Dept. of PSM, Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai (M.S.) INDIA.

3 Associate Professor, Dept. of PSM, Govt. Medical College, Nagpur (M.S.) INDIA.

4Professor & Head, Dept. of PSM, Govt. Medical College, Nagpur (M.S.) INDIA

Academic Editor:  Dr. Pawar D.D.

 

Abstract

Bus drivers must successfully balance the competing demands of safety, customer focused service and company operating regulations. Driving frequently involve many risk factors such as prolonged sitting and motor vehicle driving, tight running schedules, reduced rest breaks, rotating shift patterns, traffic congestion, the sedentary nature of job etc. These risk factors are specially important when work demands exceed the physical capacity of the worker. Objectives: 1) To study prevalence and pattern of musculoskeletal morbidities amongst M.S.R.T.C. bus drivers. 2) To study some epidemiological factors related with these morbidities. Material and Methods: The present cross sectional study was carried out among 581 bus drivers of M.S.R.T.C. bus depots in Nagpur city. Data gathered with the help of interview technique using predesigned questionnaire.  Information regarding musculoskeletal disorders was gathered with the help of Standardized Nordic Questionnaire. Interview was followed by thorough clinical examination and necessary investigations. Results & Conclusion: Commonest morbidity was backache present in 340 (58.5%) study subjects, followed by joint pain among 268 (46.1%) and commonest site being lower back in 318 (85%). Musculoskeletal discomfort was found significantly related with age, duration of service, daily average driving (km) and duration of driving (hrs/wk). It was also significantly higher in study subjects with BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2. Musculoskeletal discomfort increased significantly with increase in age, duration of service, daily average driving.