Musculoskeletal disorders and visual strain among handloom weavers

The study was conducted to estimate prevalence of musculoskeletal pain/discomfort and visual strain symptoms among weavers and explore association with work factors. The sample consisted of 175 weavers and 129 control group in the same location. Eighty six per cent of weavers reported musculoskeletal discomfort in the previous year with the highest prevalence rate found for the neck (58%). The 12 month reported prevalence for visual strain symptoms was 47%, tired eyes (41%) was the most commonly reported symptom. In the last week, 56% reported pain/discomfort and 25% visual strain symptoms. Weavers reporting pain in the previous year were more likely to be dissatisfied with their jobs (p<0.01), to report a lack of choice in deciding what profession they want (P< 0.02), to have insufficient time to match with market demand (P< 0.05) or to get help form Government (P< 0.03). The prevalence of self-reported musculoskeletal discomfort and visual strain symptoms was high among weavers. A systematic approach for risk reduction addressing psychosocial and physical work factors is required.

Neeraja, T., Bhargavi, A. and Manjulatha, C.
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