Work-related musculoskeletal injuries in prosthetists and orthotists in Australia Academic Article uri icon


  • OBJECTIVE:This study aims to determine the prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders in prosthetists/orthotists working in Australia. Secondary to this, the relationship between work-related hazards and work-related musculoskeletal disorders will be examined. METHODS:In 2012, a self-report survey was conducted with the prosthetist/orthotist workforce in Australia (N = 139, 56% response rate). Data on workplace physical and psychosocial hazards, job satisfaction, work-life balance and musculoskeletal discomfort were collected. Predictors of work-related musculoskeletal disorders were assessed using logistic regression analysis. RESULTS:Prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders was 80%. Gender (β = 1.31, p = 0.030), total weekly hours (β = 0.9, p < 0.010) and physical (β = 1.91, p < 0.010) and psychosocial (β = 1.28, p < 0.010) hazards were all associated with reporting of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Females reported higher levels of work-related musculoskeletal disorder discomfort than males in all body areas. CONCLUSIONS:Work-related musculoskeletal disorders prevalence is high in prosthetists/orthotists. This suggests that focus on workplace injury prevention is required. Targeted prevention requires systematic identification and then control of all relevant workplace hazards.

publication date

  • 2018