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Prevalence of epicondylitis, rotator cuff syndrome, and low back pain in Latino poultry workers and manual laborers.

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Prevalence of epicondylitis, rotator cuff syndrome, and low back pain in Latino poultry workers and manual laborers.

Am J Ind Med. 2013 Feb;56(2):226-34

Authors: Rosenbaum DA, Grzywacz JG, Chen H, Arcury TA, Schulz MR, Blocker JN, Mora DC, Quandt SA

Abstract
BACKGROUND: The goal of this study is to improve understanding of immigrant Latino manual workers’ occupational health, focusing on upper body musculoskeletal injury.
METHODS: 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.
RESULTS: 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.
CONCLUSIONS: 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.

PMID: 23109055 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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