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Comparision of Musculoskeletal Symptoms Among Adult Female Caregivers of Physically Challenged Children and Normal Children

Agarwal, Parul Raj (2011) Comparision of Musculoskeletal Symptoms Among Adult Female Caregivers of Physically Challenged Children and Normal Children. Indian Journal of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, 5 (4). pp. 150-153. ISSN 0973-5666

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Abstract

Purpose: To compare the musculoskeletal symptoms in adult female primary caregivers of physically challenged children with that of normal children. Methods: 30 caregivers (18–40Yrs) of physically challenged children (1–5 Yrs) and 30 caregivers of normal children of same age group were selected through convenient sampling method. Nordic Questionnaire was administered to each group. Data analysis done using Mann-Whitney U test and Student unpaired t-test to compare the mean difference between the groups. Results: Caregivers of physically challenged children developed musculoskeletal symptoms (93%) compared to that of normal children (60%)(p=0.002). Among all musculoskeletal symptoms, Low Back trouble (a/c Nordic questionnaire) was most Common (76.7%) in caregivers of challenged children (P =0.008), the next commonly involved part was shoulder (36.7%). Conclusion: Our study concluded that female caregivers of physically challenged children had higher rate of musculoskeletal symptoms as compared to normal. Therefore it is suggested that caregivers must adapt measures to prevent musculoskeletal symptoms.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Physiotherapy
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2013 04:08
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2013 04:09
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/137091

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