Title: MSD's in industry - a careful examination of the predictors using MANOVA

Authors: Paul S. Silvian; Khalid Alahmari; Gemini V. Joy; S.P. Anbuudayasankar

Addresses: College of Applied Sciences, King Khalid University, Abha, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ' College of Applied Sciences, King Khalid University, Abha, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ' Department of Technology Management, School of Mechanical Engineering, VIT University, Vellore – 632014, India ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, Amrita School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore – 641112, India

Abstract: Among computer operators, risk factors associated with work-related musculo-skeletal disorders, include the integration of biomechanical factors, work environment and issues related to the working organisation, as well as those associated with the psychosocial aspects of work. With more and more jobs available in software industry today, it is all the more important to be aware of the problems and follow necessary preventive steps to check the progression of computer related health problems. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) such as neck and low back pain have been widely reported as being of significant health and economic concern due to increased globalisation and industrial advancements. The debilitating effects of MSD are widely acknowledged by researchers in the medical field as well as in the engineering field. This research has provided empirical result to establish the curative along with preventive effects of physiotherapy in combating MSD present in today's Indian software industry.

Keywords: musculoskeletal disorders; ergonomic factors; physiological variables; ergonomic knowledge; software professionals; MANOVA.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLEG.2017.088033

International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalisation, 2017 Vol.6 No.4, pp.255 - 272

Received: 08 Jun 2015
Accepted: 21 Sep 2015

Published online: 16 Nov 2017 *

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