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Prevalence of epicondylitis, rotator cuff syndrome, and low back pain in latino poultry workers and manual laborers†
Version of Record online: 25 OCT 2012
Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume 56, Issue 2, pages 226–234, February 2013
How to Cite
Rosenbaum, D. A., Grzywacz, J. G., Chen, H., Arcury, T. A., Schulz, M. R., Blocker, J. N., Mora, D. C. and Quandt, S. A. (2013), Prevalence of epicondylitis, rotator cuff syndrome, and low back pain in latino poultry workers and manual laborers. Am. J. Ind. Med., 56: 226–234. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22127
- Issue online: 15 JAN 2013
- Version of Record online: 25 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 18 SEP 2012
- Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Grant Number: R01 OH009251
- poultry workers;
- musculoskeletal illness;
- low back pain;
- rotator cuff syndrome
The goal of this study is to improve understanding of immigrant Latino manual workers' occupational health, focusing on upper body musculoskeletal injury.
Physical exams were conducted with a representative sample of 516 Latino poultry workers and manual laborers in western North Carolina; outcome measures were prevalence of epicondylitis, rotator cuff syndrome, and low back pain.
Low back pain (n = 89; 17.2%) and rotator cuff syndrome (n = 76; 14.7%) indicated by physical exam was common. Epicondylitis was less common, but still frequent (n = 30; 5.8%). Prevalence of each outcome did not differ between poultry processing workers and other manual workers. Workers >40 years old had greater incidence of rotator cuff syndrome and epicondylitis.
Epicondylitis, rotator cuff syndrome, and low back pain are common in immigrant Latino workers, and may negatively impact long-term health and contribute to occupational health disparities. Am. J. Ind. Med. 56:226–234, 2013. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.