Palmer, Keith
June 2006
Occupational & Environmental Medicine;Jun2006, Vol. 63 Issue 6, p365
Academic Journal
The article presents a discussion on physical capacity and musculoskeletal pain. Hamberg-van Reenen et al have investigated whether a worker's physical capacity can influence their risk of musculoskeletal pain in a cohort of almost 1800 workers recruited from 34 diverse Dutch companies. The researchers assessed isokinetic lifting strength, static endurance of the back, neck, and shoulder muscles, and spinal mobility in workers initially free of back, neck, and shoulder pain. They found that static back endurance tests tended to predict new onset low-back pain, and that isokinetic neck-shoulder lifting strength and static neck endurance predicted new neck pain, but that other associations were much weaker.


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