SHS Web Conf.
Volume 37, 2017ERPA International Congresses on Education 2017 (ERPA 2017)
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Published online||14 August 2017|
Evaluation of Low Back and Neck Pain and Disability of Interns at Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Department of Afyon Kocatepe University
1 Afyon Health School, Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Afyon Kocatepe University, Afyonkarahisar 03100, Turkey
2 School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Pamukkale University, Denizli 20160, Turkey
a Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Repetitive tasks, high force, direct pressure, and awkward joint and prolonged constrained posture are cited as prime risk factors, making particularly younger adult physiotherapists vulnerable to musculoskeletal injury. Fourth-grade students (interns) perform clinical practice at Afyon Kocatepe University Hospital. They apply hydrotherapy, electrotherapy, robotic therapy, virtual reality therapy and exercise therapy to patients (inpatient and outpatient) at both orthopaedic and neurology units approximately twelve months. Because we think they are under the risk of low back and neck disorders therefore aim of the present study is to evaluate recent low back and neck pain and disability of them. 50.6% participants had recent low back pain; 52.9% participants reported mild and moderate low back disability. 21.8% participants had recent neck pain; 16% participants showed mild, moderate and severe neck disability. The difference between units related to low back and neck pain or disability wasn’t significant statistically (p>0.05). Most participants announced that they used the body biomechanics correctly (84.1%) and took care of ergonomic conditions (91.5%). In conclusion, it is vital to identify prevalence of low back and neck pain among physiotherapy students and take necessary precautions to prevent further problems.
Key words: Low back pain / neck pain / disability / physiotherapist / intern
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