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7th EFSMA – European Congress of Sports Medicine, 3rd Central European Congress of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Annual Assembly of the German and the Austrian Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Austrian Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

26.-29.10.2011, Salzburg, Austria

Connection between physical activity and complaints of musculoskeletal system

Meeting Abstract

  • corresponding author presenting/speaker Eleonóra Leidecker - Pécs University Faculty of Health Sciences Department of Physiotherapy, Hungary, Pécs, Hungary
  • author presenting/speaker Mónika Galambosné Triszberger - Pécs University Faculty of Business and Economics Department of Business Methodologies, Hungary, Pécs, Hungary
  • author presenting/speaker Aliz Bohner-Beke - Pécs University Faculty of Health Sciences School of Health Sciences, Hungary, Pécs, Hungary
  • author presenting/speaker Janos Kranicz - Pécs University Faculty of Health Sciences Institute of Physiotherapy and Nutritional Sciences, Hungary, Pécs, Hungary

7th EFSMA – European Congress of Sports Medicine, 3rd Central European Congress of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Salzburg, 26.-29.10.2011. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2011. Doc11esm188

doi: 10.3205/11esm188, urn:nbn:de:0183-11esm1887

Published: October 24, 2011

© 2011 Leidecker et al.
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Objective: Objective: The risk factors for the development of musculoskeletal pain are age, workplace conditions, psychosocial factors and physical activity. Musculoskeletal disorders are more frequent in women than in men. Obesity and overweight correlate with pain, as well as knee and hip osteoarthritis.

Material/Methods: Methods: The study involves 309 healthy subjects (114 males, 195 females; average age 39.98±10.3 years) with different physical activity due to different jobs. The aim was to establish the level of physical activity in groups performing different physical activities – postmen and health visitors walking several hours daily and sedentary postmen – as well as to examine painful joints (related to specific jobs and physical activity) in eight anatomical regions: shoulder, neck, back, lumbar spine, hip, knee, ankle and foot. The International Physical Activity Questionnaire and its evaluating protocol were applied to estimate physical activity levels. MET/min/week served as the basics of the study and ANOVA statistical methods were used. All results were statistically significant (p<0.05).

Results: Results: According to our results there is a significant relationship between shoulder joint, foot and ankle pains and physical activity at work. Back pain is significantly more frequent in women and higher BMI refers to ankle and foot pain. Pain in the dorsal spine (60%) and in the cervical curve (50%) are most frequent among people with sedentary jobs. Law back pain is the most common type of pain in both the walking and the sedentary job group. Law back pain is the most frequent type of chronic pains with 20% of people with sitting-down jobs reporting it in our sample.

Conclusion: Conclusion: Interrelations of physical activity and joint pain are not fully cleared, further investigation and research are needed.


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