Special Issue "Musculoskeletal Disorders"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2018).
Interests: Office ergonomics; Work-related musculoskeletal disorders; Occupational health; Surface electromyography; Kinematics
Different kinds of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) have a serious impact on the health of the world’s population. As you are already aware, Lower Back Pain is the most commonly-reported musculoskeletal disorder (MSD), followed by neck pain, and together these two conditions are among the leading causes of activity limitation and compromised quality of life in people all around the world. They are also a major cause of work absenteeism and chronic disability. Despite the vast amount of research on the management of chronic non-specific or “mechanical” low back pain and neck pain, yet the etiology and pathomechanics of these disorders are still not fully understood.
Commonly known risk factors for MSD include posture, repetition, force and vibration. These factors are widely known to contribute to the problems of work-related MSD. However, people from all walks of life can experience MSD, especially nowadays, due to the increasingly sedentary lifestyle, and fascination with electronic gadgets such as smartphones and tablet computers. The problems of static posture, muscle tension, muscle fatigue, mental stress and poor fitness are all issues that require more in-depth investigations to understand their effects on MSD.
Another major area of interest is on the aging population, and how MSD affect their lives. With the rapidly advancing technology, the use of wearable sensors, robotics and assistive devices can make significant impact on people’s lives at home and in the community.
This Special Issue on “Musculoskeletal Disorders” aims to attract high-quality research papers on the etiology, assessment, treatment and health promotion strategies for MSD. Research studies on neck and back pain, as well as upper and lower limb MSD are all within the scope of this Special Issue. We hope to receive a wide range of submissions including research on the physical, psychosocial, environmental and occupational perspectives. Study design can include case-control, cohort studies, clinical trials and field research. Systematic reviews on important issues related to MSD are also welcome.
Dr. Grace Szeto
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- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Low back pain
- Neck pain