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Table 2 Prevalence of musculoskeletal complaints i by gender and body region affected in an adult general population in Northern Norway

From: High prevalence of chronic musculoskeletal complaints among women in a Norwegian general population: the Tromsø study

   Prevalence (%)   
Body region N=8,439 Total (95% CI) Women Men Gender ratio p *
Neck/shoulder
  No complaints 4,809 57.0 (55.9-58.0) 50.2 63.7 0.79  
  Mild complaints 2,882 34.2 (33.1-35.2) 38.2 30.1 1.27  
  Severe complaints 748 8.9 (8.3-9.5) 11.6 6.1 1.89 <0.001
Arm/hands
 No complaints 5,936 70.7 (69.7-71.6) 63.8 77.5 0.82  
  Mild complaints 2,028 24.0 (23.1-24.9) 28.8 19.2 1.50  
  Severe complaints 448 5.3 (4.8-5.8) 7.3 3.3 2.25 <0.001
Upper back
 No complaints 6,674 79.1 (78.2-80.0) 72.6 85.6 0.85  
  Mild complaints 1,477 17.5 (16.7-18.3) 22.4 12.6 1.78  
  Severe complaints 288 3.4 (3.0-3.4) 5.0 1.8 2.84 <0.001
Lumbar back
 No complaints 5,573 66.0 (65.0-67.0) 63.2 68.9 0.92  
  Mild complaints 2,395 28.4 (27.4-29.3) 29.7 27.0 1.10  
  Severe complaints 471 5.6 (5.1-6.1) 7.1 4.1 1.75 <0.001
Hip/leg/feet
 No complaints 5,576 66.1 (65.1-57.1) 59.4 72.7 0.82  
  Mild complaints 2,309 27.4 (26.4-28.3) 31.8 22.9 1.39  
  Severe complaints 555 6.6 (6.0-7.1) 8.7 4.4 1.98 <0.001
Other regions
 No complaints 7,722 91.5 (90.9-92.1) 88.9 94.1 0.94  
  Mild complaints 613 7.3 (6.7-7.8) 9.2 5.3 1.74  
  Severe complaints 104 1.2 (1.0-1.5) 1.9 0.5 3.52 <0.001
  1. iDefined as having pain and/or stiffness in muscles and joints at least 3 months during the previous year.
  2. *Pearson chi-square for gender difference.
  3. CI: confidence interval.
  4. The Tromsø Study.