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Table 6 Self-reported risk factors and prevalence of musculoskeletal complaints in the past 12 months among dentists (n = 430) (multivariate analysis)

From: Prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders in dentists

Self reported risk factors Low back pain OR (95% CI) Shoulder pain OR (95% CI)
Age   
   <40 1.00 1.00
   40 – 50 0.72 (0.42 to 1.22) 1.31 (0.62 to 2.79)
   50> 1.01 (0.57 to 1.78) 1.84 (0.92 to 3.67)
Higher educational level NS 0.50 (0.28 to 0.90) *
Living alone NS 2.65 (1.39 to 5.03) *
Working long hours NS 3.68 (1.22 to 11.09) *
Exposure to Vibrating tools NS 2.57 (1.01 to 6.51) *
Strenuous postures 1.59 (1.01 to 2.52) * NS
Moderate perceived general health 3.35 (2.10 to 5.34) * 2.69 (1.50 to 4.81) *
  1. *x2 test, p < 0.05 OR = prevalence ratio; 95% CI = 95% confidence interval.