Prevalence of Cervical Radiculopathy Among Teachers
Cervical Radiculopathy Among Teachers
Keywords:Cervical radiculopathy, prevalence, teachers, nerve root compression
Background: Pinched nerves or cervical radiculopathy, are caused by damage to the nerves or changes in the way they function. A nerve root close to the cervical vertebrae is compressed, causing the pain. Objective: To determine the frequency of cervical radiculopathy among teachers and to find out the difference in the prevalence of cervical radiculopathy concerning demographics. Methods: The population of this cross-sectional study was male and female teachers from different institutes of Faisalabad using convenient sampling in their offices for five months. Participants aged from 25 to 70 years having teaching experience of a minimum of 2 years and daily teaching service of more than 6 hours were included in the study. Patients with some psychological problems, a history of systemic diseases or any serious illnesses were eliminated from the study. Informed consent was taken from the participants who ensured their willingness to participate in the study. Written instructions were provided to them regarding responding to the instrument. After the administration of these questionnaires final size of the sample was male teachers Questionnaires were distributed to teachers to fill in the required data. The participants signed the written consent willingly and all data was kept confidential. Only those regions were assessed that were relevant to this study. The categorical variables were evaluated by frequency and percentages, while the mean and standard deviation were calculated by continuous variables. Results: It highlights the prevalence of cervical radiculopathy among male and female teachers separately with male teachers experiencing more symptoms than female teachers. It showed a strong connection between the height of the chair, table, whiteboard, lifestyle, age and cervical radiculopathy. It suggested that teachers must have an active lifestyle to not be the victim of cervical radiculopathy. Conclusion: Male teachers scored high on cervical radiculopathy as compared to females. It was also found that teachers with more age scored higher on cervical radiculopathy. Furthermore, teachers who were using chairs and tables of height less than 20 inches scored more on cervical radiculopathy. Moreover, teachers who were using a whiteboard with less height also scored higher on cervical radiculopathy.
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