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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 72-73

Physiotherapy in Musculoskeletal and Sports conditions: AB No: 70: Association of Musculoskeletal Pain, Body Part and Posture with Use of Various Electronic Devices in Students of Age 14–18 Years-A Cross Sectional Study

KAHER Institute of Physiotherapy, Belgaum

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DOI: 10.4103/2456-7787.361107

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Purpose: To determine association of musculoskeletal pain, body part and posture due to the use of various electronic devices in higher secondary school students. Relevance: The present situation of COVID-19 has show increased use of electronic devices for studies in students’ life. Children using gadgets for long duration attain improper posture which are associated with musculoskeletal disorders. Participants: High school students of age between 14–18 years with a minimum use of electronic devices for 6 months. Methods: An observational study design was conducted at various schools in Belagavi city for a sample of 388 students. Data collection was based on an E-form (Google form) which included informed consents, informed assents and assessment tool Adolescent pediatric pain tool (APPT). Analysis: Standard descriptive statistics were used for the data, frequency tables and percentage analysis for categorical variables. Pearson Correlation test were used. Result: The results of study showed that pain in the right and left knee was associated with use of television and significantly corelated to assumption of certain positions. Neck pain was associated with the use of laptops and assuming particular positions. The duration of time spent using an electronic device and the severity of pain were found to have a strong positive correlation. Conclusion: There is significant association present between pain, body part and posture due to the use of electronic device in students of age 14–18 years. Implications: The knowledge about the improper posture and its musculoskeletal consequences can help minimize and prevent further complications associated with it by ergonomic advice.

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