Regular use of pain medication due to musculoskeletal disorders in the general working population: Cross-sectional study among 10,000 workers.
Am J Ind Med. 2016 Nov;59(11):934-941
Authors: Sundstrup E, Jakobsen MD, Brandt M, Jay K, Ajslev JZ, Andersen LL
BACKGROUND: We aimed to determine the association between work, health, and lifestyle with regular use of pain medication due to musculoskeletal disorders in the general working population.
METHODS: Currently employed wage earners (N = 10,024) replied to questions about health, work, and lifestyle. The odds for regularly using medication for musculoskeletal disorders were modeled using logistic regression controlled for various confounders.
RESULTS: Pain intensity increased the odds for using pain medication in a dose-response fashion. With seated work as reference, the odds for using pain medication were 1.26 (95%CI: 1.09-1.47) for workers engaged in standing or walking work that is not strenuous and 1.59 (95%CI: 1.39-1.82) for workers engaged in standing or walking work with lifting tasks or heavy and fast strenuous work.
CONCLUSIONS: Workers with higher levels of physical activity at work are more likely to use pain medication on a regular basis for musculoskeletal disorders, even when adjusting for pain intensity, lifestyle, and influence at work. Am. J. Ind. Med. 59:934-941, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
PMID: 27245746 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]