Work related musculoskeletal disorders in occupational taxi drivers of Mahabaleshwar.
Keywords:work related musculoskeletal injuries, posture, low back pain, nordic musculoskeletal questionnaire, risk factors
Drivers experience WRMDs as a result of their prolonged posture, mechanical pressures, and long work hours. Additionally, previous studies have demonstrated an increase in low back issues as a result of poor posture, heavy workload like lifting, whole-body vibration etc. The objective was to examine the prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders in Mahabaleshwar’s occupational taxi drivers. The participants in this survey-based study totaled 100 individuals. Using the Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire (NMQ), WRMDs were examined. Nearly 87% of the drivers were found to have WRMDs, and 49% of the drivers reported having low back pain. The working hours were also assessed, and it was found that sustained posture for extended periods of time most frequently affected the low back, neck, knees and wrist/hands. This suggests that sustained postures may be one of the risk factors for WRMDs in occupational taxi drivers. Taxi drivers have a higher risk of developing the WRMDs.
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