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Table 1 Prevalence (%) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) of musculoskeletal symptoms during the past 12 months among men and women

From: Prevalence of multisite musculoskeletal symptoms: a French cross-sectional working population-based study

Symptoms: n (%) CI Men (N = 2,162) Women (N = 1,548)
Musculoskeletal symptoms:
Neck symptoms** 725 (33.5) 31.5-35.5 747 (48.3) 45.8-50.7
Shoulder or upper arm symptoms* 735 (34.0) 32.0-36.0 601 (38.8) 36.4-41.3
Elbow or forearm symptoms 371 (17.2) 15.6-18.7 261 (16.9) 15.0-18.7
Wrist or hand symptoms** 468 (21.6) 19.9-23.4 463 (29.9) 27.6-32.2
Upper back symptoms** 451 (20.9) 19.1-22.6 503 (32.5) 30.2-34.8
Low back symptoms* 1281 (59.3) 57.2-61.3 836 (54.0) 51.5-56.5
Hip or thigh symptoms 360 (16.7) 15.1-18.2 278 (18.0) 16.0-19.9
Knee or lower leg symptoms 611 (28.3) 26.4-30.2 410 (26.5) 24.3-28.7
Ankle or foot symptoms 339 (15.7) 14.1-17.2 230 (14.9) 13.1-16.6
Musculoskeletal symptoms lasting at least 30 days:
Neck symptoms** 142 (6.6) 5.5-7.6 185 (12.0) 10.3-13.6
Shoulder or upper arm symptoms** 197 (9.1) 7.9-10.3 202 (13.0) 11.4-14.7
Elbow or forearm symptoms 128 (5.9) 4.9-6.9 112 (7.2) 5.9-8.5
Wrist or hand symptoms** 130 (6.0) 5.0-7.0 154 (9.9) 8.5-11.4
Upper back symptoms** 121 (5.6) 4.6-6.6 174 (11.2) 9.7-12.8
Low back symptoms 352 (16.3) 14.7-17.8 264 (17.1) 15.2-18.9
Hip or thigh symptoms 102 (4.7) 3.8-5.6 91 (5.9) 4.7-7.1
Knee or lower leg symptoms 189 (8.7) 7.6-9.9 146 (9.4) 8.0-10.9
Ankle or foot symptoms 109 (5.0) 4.1-6.0 89 (5.7) 4.6-6.9
  1. Significant differences between men and women: * p < 0.01, ** p < 0.0001.