Prevalence of Poor Body Posture among Physiotherapists Using APECS

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Umama Irfan
Sheza Asif
Marwa Mumtaz
Sidra Jamal
Faiza Khalid
Kanwal Fatima
Iram Nawaz
Naseebullah Sheikh
Hira Rafique
Intsam Aslam

Abstract

Background: Poor posture among healthcare professionals, particularly physiotherapists, can adversely affect their ability to provide care and may lead to musculoskeletal disorders. Despite the physical demands of their profession, there is a lack of routine posture assessment and preventative measures to mitigate these risks.


Objective: This study aims to evaluate the prevalence of poor body posture among physiotherapists and to determine the efficacy of the APECS-AI Posture Evaluation and Correction System® (Apecs) mobile application as a tool for posture assessment.


Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted over four months, with 309 clinical physiotherapists from various healthcare institutions in Lahore. Using a non-probability convenient sampling technique, participants were assessed with the APECS app for deviations in the frontal and sagittal planes. The app, serving as a cost-effective alternative to 3D-marker-based systems, was used to categorize postural deviations as normal, mild, or severe disturbances. Data analysis was performed using SPSS version 26.0.


Results: The findings revealed that 56% of the participants suffered from severe postural disturbances, while 32% had mild disturbances, and only 12% maintained a normal posture. The mean age was 26.17±2.21 years, with a distribution leaning towards novice practitioners, indicating a need for early intervention in posture management.


Conclusion: The high prevalence of poor posture among physiotherapists highlights an occupational health concern. The study supports the use of the APECS mobile app as an accessible and reliable tool for posture assessment, which could lead to improved clinical practices and better healthcare outcomes.

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Irfan, U., Asif, S., Mumtaz, M., Jamal, S., Khalid, F., Fatima, K., Nawaz, I., Sheikh, N., Rafique, H., & Aslam, I. (2024). Prevalence of Poor Body Posture among Physiotherapists Using APECS. Journal of Health and Rehabilitation Research, 4(1), 1323–1327. https://doi.org/10.61919/jhrr.v4i1.602
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Umama Irfan, Riphah International University Lahore Pakistan.

Physiotherapist, Riphah International University, Lahore, Pakistan.

Sheza Asif, Riphah International University Lahore Pakistan.

Physiotherapist, Riphah International University, Lahore, Pakistan.

Marwa Mumtaz, Riphah International University Lahore Pakistan.

Physiotherapist, Riphah International University Lahore Pakistan.

Sidra Jamal, Central Park Teaching Hospital Lahore Pakistan.

Physiotherapist, Central Park Teaching Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan.

Faiza Khalid, Tayab Hospital Sargodha Pakistan.

Physiotherapist, Tayab Hospital Sargodha, Pakistan.

Kanwal Fatima, University of Sargodha Pakistan.

Lecturer, Department of Allied Health Sciences, University of Sargodha, Pakistan.

Iram Nawaz, University of South Asia Lahore Pakistan.

EX Senior Lecturer, University of South Asia, Lahore, Pakistan.

Naseebullah Sheikh, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University Larkana Pakistan.

Lecturer, Institute of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University, Larkana, Pakistan.

Hira Rafique, Quaid-e-Azam College Sahiwal Pakistan.

Senior Lecturer, Quaid-e-Azam College, Sahiwal, Pakistan.

Intsam Aslam, Quaid-e-Azam College Sahiwal Pakistan.

Lecturer, Quaid-e-Azam College, Sahiwal, Pakistan.

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