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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 337-339

Musculoskeletal problems in frequent computer and internet users

1 Department of Community Medicine, KMDC, Pakistan
2 Department of Ophthalmology, KMDC, Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, Pakistan
3 Dow University of Health Sciences, Chand Bibi Road Karachi, Pakistan

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Dr. Tasneem Borhany
Department of Community Medicine, KMDC, D 18 Block F North Nazimabad, Karachi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_326_17

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Aim: This study was carried out to see the frequency of musculoskeletal problems in frequent Computer and Internet Users. Methods: This was a Cross Sectional Study performed in the community and we chose Office workers and students aged 18 to 50 years using Computers and Internet for not less than 3 hours per day. After a verbal consent, they were given a questionnaire in English. People having prior diagnosed musculoskeletal problems were excluded. Results: Total number of participants were 150, out of which 80% were males, and 67 (44.7%) suffered from musculoskeletal problems, affecting at least one of the four anatomical sites (low back, neck, shoulder, wrist/hand). Common symptoms were Headache, which was seen in 46% and neck pain in 41.3% of subjects. Whereas wrist pain was least commonly seen in 16% of subjects. Independent t test was used to compare the musculoskeletal problems with duration of computer use which has a significant value i.e. less than 0.05. Conclusion: Musculoskeletal symptoms are quite common, headache and back pain being most common symptoms. These symptoms are associated with prolonged use of computer and internet and often left unreported and unrelated.

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