J Korean Med Assoc.  2012 Nov;55(11):1054-1062.

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders in Korean farmers

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Chosun University School of Medicine, Gwangju, Korea. cglee@chosun.ac.kr

Abstract

This paper evaluates the current state of work-related musculoskeletal disorders of Korean farmers. Korean farmers are exposed to a multitude of ergonomic risk factors, and have high rates of musculoskeletal disorders such as backpain and knee osteoarthritis, while hip osteoarthritis is relatively low. As of 2010, the average age of Korean farmers is 62.3, and the average period of their work in agriculture is 33.3 years. Therefore, it is difficult to distinguish the influence of natural aging and farm work on the development of musculoskeletal disorders. It is necessary to conduct research on a correlation between specific diagnosis such as rotator cuff syndrome, and farm work in general because farmers complain of a great deal of pain.

Keyword

Korean farmer; Work-related musculoskeletal diseases; Knee osteoarthritis; Back pain

MeSH Terms

Aging
Agriculture
Back Pain
Osteoarthritis, Hip
Osteoarthritis, Knee
Risk Factors
Rotator Cuff
Full Text Links
  • JKMA
Actions
Cited
CITED
export Copy
Close
Share
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
Similar articles
    DB Error: unknown error