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Table 2 Symptom severity among Australian dental hygienists reporting MSD

From: Musculoskeletal disorders and symptom severity among Australian dental hygienists

  N* % reporting MSD lasting >2 days#(n) % with symptoms affecting daily life#(n) % required medical treatment#(n)
Neck 473 74.6 (353) 60.7 (287) 56.5 (267)
Shoulders 388 73.5 (285) 57.7 (224) 53.6 (208)
Upper back 345 75.4 (260) 55.1 (190) 57.1 (197)
Elbows 77 77.9 (60) 52.0 (40) 45.4 (35)
Forearms 122 68.0 (83) 48.4 (59) 47.5 (58)
Wrists / hands 334 64.5 (216) 50.1 (167) 36.1 (121)
Lower back 378 69.7 (264) 58.9 (207) 52.0 (197)
Hips / thighs 92 78.3 (72) 57.6 (53) 67.4 (62)
Knees 58 77.6 (45) 56.9 (33) 44.9 (26)
Calf / lower leg 32 81.3 (26) 62.5 (20) 59.5 (19)
Ankles / feet 56 80.3 (45) 50.0 (28) 41.0 (23)
  1. *N = number of respondents reporting any musculoskeletal symptoms in that body region.
  2. # % presented as a proportion of N.