Musculoskeletal pain in hairdressers- a study in Durban

  • T. Puckree


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.

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.

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.

Musculoskeletal pain is significantly prevalent in the study population.


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