Factors associated with musculoskeletal pain in the past 12 months amongst female miners in a South African goldmine

South African Journal of Physiotherapy


 
 
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Title Factors associated with musculoskeletal pain in the past 12 months amongst female miners in a South African goldmine
 
Creator Kabongo, Khathutshelo P. Naidoo, Saloshni
 
Subject Public Health women; musculoskeletal pain; mining; psychosocial risks; physiotherapy
Description Background: Mineworkers, including females, are prone to work-related musculoskeletal disorders and these disorders are not well reported amongst female mineworkers in South Africa.Objective: This study aimed to identify the factors associated with the presence of musculoskeletal pain over a 12-month period amongst female mineworkers (n = 225) in a South African goldmine.Method: Female mineworkers’ responses to the presence of musculoskeletal pain over the previous 12-month period and their exposure to physical and psychological factors were elicited using a standardised questionnaire. Descriptive and multivariable analytical statistics were conducted to test for associations between physical and psychological factors and the presence of musculoskeletal pain over the previous 12 months.Results: The median age of participants was 40 years, with 50.22% of participants reporting the presence of musculoskeletal pain over the previous 12 months. On multivariable analysis, education level and good to excellent health status were protective against the existence of pain during the previous 12 months. Participants’ perceived ratings of experiencing moderate-to-high pain intensities were significantly associated with reports of pain over the past 12 months.Conclusion: These findings may raise awareness amongst physiotherapists and occupational medicine physicians about the factors associated with musculoskeletal pain amongst female mineworkers, which they can then use in managing and developing interventions aimed at improving the physical health of female mineworkers.Clinical Implications: The findings of this study highlights the need for medical surveillance of musculoskeletal pain in women miners. A cohort study in a larger study population and across several mines will build on the existing cross-sectional information and help inform workplace interventions for women miners.
 
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Date 2021-01-18
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Survey
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajp.v77i1.1476
 
Source South African Journal of Physiotherapy; Vol 77, No 1 (2021); 8 pages 2410-8219 0379-6175
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://sajp.co.za/index.php/sajp/article/view/1476/2282 https://sajp.co.za/index.php/sajp/article/view/1476/2281 https://sajp.co.za/index.php/sajp/article/view/1476/2284 https://sajp.co.za/index.php/sajp/article/view/1476/2280
 
Coverage South Africa — Gender
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 Khathutshelo P. Kabongo, Saloshni Naidoo https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0