Prevalence and Factors Associated with Musculoskeletal Pain (MSP) Among Medical Students in Malaysia: A Cross-Sectional Study
Musculoskeletal pain (MSP) is the most frequent type of pain affecting the bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments, and has effects on the general quality of life. It is important for medical schools to identify the possible modifiable MSP risk factors and plan an early supportive and preventive measure for a better quality of life for future doctors. This study aimed to determine the relationship between the prevalence and risk factors of MSP and also its impact on the daily lifestyle among medical students of MMMC. This study was conducted among the clinical phase medical students of MMMC, Muar Campus, Malaysia. A self-administered questionnaire was given to the students which comprised of 4 sections including the Standardized Nordic Questionnaire. The data were then processed and analysed using Microsoft Excel and Epi Info software. Based on this study, the risk factors associated with pain due to MSP during the last 12 months include overweight, studying (>3hrs), sleeping (>8hrs) and family history of MSP, whereas risk factor associated with normal activities prevented due to MSP during the last 12 months was only underweight. Pain due to MSP during the last 12 months had impact on students’ physical activities and mood while normal activities prevented due to MSP during the last 12 months affected students’ study period, physical activities and mood. This study had shown that various factors were associated with MSP and that MSP has an impact on the students’ daily life.
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