Physical activity and low back pain among automotive industry workers in selangor

Noor Sazarina Mad Isa @ Yahya, Baba Md Deros, Mazrura Sahani, Ahmad Rasdan Ismail

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Substantial studies reported musculoskeletal disorders among the working population in the developed country, however, a limited number of studies were conducted in Malaysia. The objective of this cross sectional study was to determine the physical activity risk factors for low back pain among automotive workers in Selangor. Modified Risk Factors Questionnaire (RFQ) was used to assess physical activity with the occurrence of low back pain. The significant physical activities associated with the 12 months point prevalence are lifting weight (<5 kg and 11-23 kg) and climbing stairs, not using any mechanical lifting aid, and postures (extreme bending, pushing and pulling, standing, kneeling, and bending and twisting). These findings indicate that the occupational risk factors mainly the physical demands were significant risk for low back pain among manual material handling (MMH) workers. Work task and workstation design should be regularly evaluated and corrective measures need to be taken. In addition, proper lifting technique and occupational safety and health promotion program should be emphasized among MMH workers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-44
Number of pages11
JournalMalaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine
Volume14
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Low Back Pain
Industry
Occupational Health
Weight Lifting
Malaysia
Health Promotion
Posture
Developed Countries
Cross-Sectional Studies
Population

Keywords

  • Low back pain
  • Manual material handling (MMH)
  • Physical activity
  • Risk factors

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Physical activity and low back pain among automotive industry workers in selangor. / Mad Isa @ Yahya, Noor Sazarina; Md Deros, Baba; Sahani, Mazrura; Ismail, Ahmad Rasdan.

In: Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2014, p. 34-44.

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