Prevalence of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders In Small Scale Industrial Workers: A Cross-Sectional Study.


  • Nilesh Dond MPT student
  • Deepak Anap Prof. & HOD Department of Musculoskeletal sciences.




Background: Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs) are the most common in industries which affects working capacity and frequency of leaves taken.  This study was aimed to find out the prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders in small scale industrial workers.

Methods: This cross-sectional study included 42 workers (Male: 21; Female:21), having age more than 18 years , from two small scale industries in MIDC area of Ahmednagar. Data was collected using a structured questionnaire composed of demographic questions, Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire for Work-related MSDs assessment in nine body areas. The prevalence of Work-related MSDs for each body region was determined using percentage.

Result: Respondents' mean age was 30.77 years (mean ± SD = 7). The mean Body Mass Index (BMI) was 21.81 kg/m2 ( ± 3.74), and the average work experience was (2.25 years). Among 42 respondents, 29 reported lower back pain (69.04%) and 31 reported neck pain (73.80%), out of 42 participants, 22 reported upper back pain (52.38%).

Conclusion: The study found that the prevalence was higher in the neck (73.80%), lower back (69.04%) and upper back (52.38%) were the most affected areas among small scale industrial workers.

Key Words: Work-related musculoskeletal disorders, Body mass index, Nordic musculoskeletal questionnaire, pain.


Work-related musculoskeletal disorders, Body mass index, Nordic musculoskeletal questionnaire, pain


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How to Cite

Dond, N., & Anap, D. B. (2021). Prevalence of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders In Small Scale Industrial Workers: A Cross-Sectional Study. VIMS JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL THERAPY, 2(2), 101-106.