Prevalence of Wrist Pain among Painters

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Kahkishan Toor
Muhammad Mahmood Alam
Muhammad Waseem Akhtar
Sameen Saeed
Muhammad Burhan
Abdul Ghaffar


Background: Wrist pain is a significant occupational health issue among painters, attributed to the repetitive and physically demanding nature of their work. Previous research has highlighted the association between musculoskeletal disorders and occupational activities, particularly in professions requiring repetitive motion, awkward postures, and the use of vibrating tools. However, data on the prevalence and risk factors of wrist pain specific to painters in Lahore has been limited.

Objective: The study aimed to ascertain the prevalence of wrist pain among painters in Lahore, identify potential risk factors contributing to this condition, and evaluate the relationship between occupational practices and the development of wrist pain.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted over a six-month period involving 150 painters selected through non-probability convenience sampling. Inclusion criteria were age between 20 and 30 years, at least one year of painting experience, and no history of psychological disorders or serious chronic diseases. Data were collected using the Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire and the Numerical Pain Rating Scale. Statistical analysis was performed with SPSS version 25.0, employing descriptive statistics, mean values, percentages, and one-sample t-tests.

Results: Out of 150 participants, 89 (59.3%) reported experiencing wrist pain. The mean weight and height of the participants were 61.22 kg (SD = 8.21) and 5.50 meters (SD = 0.38), respectively. The average job duration was 4.20 years (SD = 1.55), with an average working week of 19.93 hours (SD = 7.79). Pain intensity varied, with those affected reporting a mean intensity of 2.30 on a scale of 0 to 8, where right wrist involvement (mean = 4.04, SD = 1.31) was more common than left (mean = 2.81, SD = 1.33) or both wrists (mean = 4.26, SD = 1.45).

Conclusion: The study revealed a moderate prevalence of wrist pain among painters in Lahore, with significant implications for occupational health. The findings underscore the need for ergonomic interventions and targeted preventive measures to mitigate the risk of musculoskeletal disorders among painters.

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Toor, K., Alam, M. M., Akhtar, M. W., Saeed, S., Burhan, M., & Ghaffar, A. (2024). Prevalence of Wrist Pain among Painters . Journal of Health and Rehabilitation Research, 4(1), 618–622.


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