Vibration and mechanical shock exposure strongly associated with prevalence of neck pain

The objective of this study was to determine whether whole-body vibration (WBV) and mechanical shock exposure from quad bike use are associated with the prevalence of neck and low back pain (LBP) in New Zealand farmers and rural workers. Physical exposures (mechanical shocks), employee status, and low levels of workplace satisfaction are all significantly associated with the 12-month prevalence of LBP in this rural workforce that regularly uses quad bikes. Both vibration and mechanical shock exposure were strongly associated with 12-month prevalence of neck pain. The 7-day prevalence of neck pain showed a non-significant association with mechanical shock and vibration.

Source: Stephan Milosavljevic, Nasser Bagheri1, Radivoj M. Vasiljev, David I. Mcbride and Borje Rehn. Does Daily Exposure to Whole-Body Vibration and Mechanical Shock Relate to the Prevalence of Low Back and Neck Pain in a Rural Workforce? The Annals of Occupational Hygiene (2012), Vol. 56, Issue 1, p. 10-17. http://annhyg.oxfordjournals.org/content/56/1/10.abstract

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