Musculoskeletal pain in hairdressers- a study in Durban

  • T. Puckree

Abstract

Introduction:
Research on occupation related pain and dysfunction is gaining momentum. Hairdressing salons are now owned by small entrepreneurs. The occupation related musculo-skeletal pain in hairdressers has not received attention in South Africa. This study investigated the prevalence and predictors of musculoskeletal pain in hairdressers in the Durban area.

Methods:
A cross sectional survey allowed 110 consenting hairdressers to participate. A questionnaire captured all relevant demographic and pain /dysfunction information. Height and weight of each hairdresser was taken using a tape measure and bathroom scale. Data was analysed using Pearsons correlation and predictors identified by linear regression.

Results:
Response was 68%. Musculokeletal pain was prevalent in 60% of the participants and 89% of this was mechanical. Forty percent reported low back pain. Type of bending, and position of arms were significantly correlated with the presence of pain and predictors of pain.

Conclusion:
Musculoskeletal pain is significantly prevalent in the study population.

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