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275 Madison E 40th St.

Contact: 212-986-3888

Women are at least twice as likely as men to develop some musculoskeletal disorders of the upper body. That’s the finding of scientists at Ohio State University.

“Women have a significantly higher prevalence –- anywhere from two to ten, even eleven times higher than men — for many of these disorders,” says Delia Treaster, a former doctoral student at Ohio State who conducted the research. “The question now is, why? Is it biomechanical, physiological, psychological, or what? Most likely, it is due to a combination of factors.”

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) affect the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints, and include such diverse problems as low back pain, repetitive strain injuries of various sorts, and joint injuries. One 1998 study found that 15 percent of the American working population suffered one or more MSDs, and that this rate could increase to 18 percent within the next 30 years.

To Treaster, the study underscores the need to prevent MSDs from happening in the first place. One way to do that is through better workplace design, equipment selection, and work practices.

“MSDs can be difficult to diagnose,” says our medical director , “and women need to be aware that they could develop these disorders, especially as they grow older. At Spine and Sports Medicine we can perform clinical tests to help determine the causes of the pain and establish a course of treatment to get you back to your normal self.”

Labels: Low back pain , muscular strain , musculoskeletal disorder , NYC , spine and sports medicine

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