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Table 5 Coping strategies used by physiotherapists with WRMDs.

From: Work-related musculoskeletal disorders among Nigerian Physiotherapists

Strategies Percentages
  Almost always Sometimes Almost Never No Response
  Number (%) Number (%) Number (%) Number (%)
I modify patient's position/my position 74/115 (64.3) 31/115 (27.0) 3/115 (2.6) 7/115 (6.1)
I select techniques that will not aggravate or provoke my discomfort 54/115 (47.0) 38/115 (33.0) 15/115 (3.0) 8/115 (7.0)
I adjust plinth/bed height before treating a patient 45/115 (39.1) 35/115 (30.4) 27/115 (23.5) 8/115 (7.0)
I pause regularly so I can stretch and change posture 43/115 (37.4) 44/115 (38.3) 22/115 (19.1) 6/115 (5.2)
I get someone else to help me handle a heavy patient 38/115 (33.1) 50/115 (43.5) 22/115 (19.1) 5/115 (4.3)
I stop treatment if it causes or aggravate my discomfort 28/115 (24.3) 50/115 (43.5) 29/115 (25.2) 8/115 (7.0)
I use different part of my body to administer a manual technique 19/115 (16.5) 39/115 (33.9) 49/115 (42.6) 8/115 (7.0)
I use electrotherapy instead of manual techniques to avoid stressing an injury 11/115 (9.6) 45/115 (39.1) 51/115 (44.3) 8/115 (7.0)
I warm up and stretch before performing a manual technique 6/115 (5.2) 27/115 (23.5) 75/115 (65.2) 7/115 (6.1)