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Prevalence of Musculoskeletal Pain, PRMD and General Joint Hypermobility among Professional Jazz Musicians in Swedish Big Bands
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Musculoskeletal pain is common among musicians, with reported rates varying between 13 and 97 % according to the literature. Furthermore, joint hypermobility has been shown to be a factor that may simultaneously benefit and harm musicians, depending on which joint is affected. The prevalence of pain, joint hypermobility and the effects of position among jazz musicians are virtually unexplored. Aim: The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of musculoskeletal pain among professional jazz musicians in Swedish big bands and also investigate possible associations between hypermobility, positions and pain. An existing health questionnaire developed for professional orchestra musicians was presented to three Swedish big bands. Thirty musicians completed the survey, which comprised about 86 % of the participating big bands. The total prevalence of musculoskeletal pain in the last 12 months was 91 %, while total point prevalence was 47 %. The neck, lower back and left shoulder were the most problematic regions in the musicians. The total prevalence of PRMD, defined as pain that interferes with ability to play, in the last 7 days was 27 %. Regression analyses showed significant association between hypermobility and left hand pain in the last 12 months. In accordance with previous studies on classical orchestra musicians, the prevalence of musculoskeletal pain is high among Swedish jazz musicians. Significant association was seen between hypermobility and left hand pain; other regions showed no significant associations. The study concluded that more research was needed on jazz musicians.

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2015. , 33 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-46410Local ID: 40b0ce74-c111-49f8-8a92-5efe8bf62eadOAI: diva2:1019724
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Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
Physiotherapy, bachelor's level
Validerat; 20150607 (global_studentproject_submitter)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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