OBJECTIVE: To determine the frequency of musculoskeletal disorders in caregivers of cerebral palsy children at Akbar kare Institute, Peshawar.
METHODS: A cross sectional study was conducted at Akbar kare institute, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Standard Nordic questionnaire were given to 260 caregivers and 10 Physiotherapists working at Akbar kare institute, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Data was analyzed through SPSS, version 20.
RESULT: The frequency of caregiving related to low back pain was 80%, neck pain 56.3%, ankle pain 33.0%, knee pain 31%, shoulder pain 26.7%, wrist/hand pain 17.0 %, hip/thigh pain 16.7% and elbow pain 16.7%. Musculoskeletal disorders among care-givers were by doing heavy lifting and holding the child for prolong duration in different awkward postures and poor ergonomics.
CONCLUSION: The results showed significant prevalence of MSD among caregivers of CP child which creates burden on the caregivers of cerebral palsy children. Therefore, appropriate attention and precautionary measures should be taken to minimize these musculoskeletal disorders.
KEYWORDS: Caregivers, Cerebral palsy, Musculoskeletal disorders.