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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 56-61

Neck Pain Among Otolaryngologists, Head and Neck Surgeons

1 Ibn Sina College of Medicine, King, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2 College of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Orthopedics, College of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
4 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Abdallah Abdulkarin Alharbi
College of Medicine King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1319-8491.273922

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Introduction: Neck pain is one of the most frequent complaints among the general population, especially for health care professionals and otolaryngologists, who are likely to develop work-related neck pain . Objective: To determine the prevalence of neck pain among otolaryngologists and head and neck surgeons (ORL HNS). This study also aimed at assessing the effects of neck pain on overall quality of life. Subjects and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted during the 10th International Saudi Otorhinolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Conference in March 2016, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The study included ORL HNS. Results: A total of 92 ORL HNS participated in the survey. General ORL doctors comprised the majority of respondents (32.6%), followed by rhinologists (28.3%). Most physicians (48.9%) had practiced for 5–20 years. A high proportion of respondents (81.4%) complained of neck pain; of these, 14.1% reported that this symptom was affecting their work. Some respondents reported stiffness (49.2%), weakness (5.1%), or paresthesia (8.5%). The Neck Disability Index showed that 34.8% of the respondents had mild disability; 54.3% had moderate disability whereas 10.9% had severe disability. Conclusion: The number of surgery days per month and duration of practice appeared to affect physicians’ quality of life, suggesting that workload increases neck symptoms.

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