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Generalised Joint Hypermobility and musculoskeletal pain among professional classical orchestra musicians in Sweden: a pilot study
Department of Health Science, Luleå University of Technology.
Department of Community Medicine & Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy, Umeå University.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences. University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research. Centre for Research & Development, Uppsala University/Region of Gävleborg, Gävle, Sweden.
Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark.
2015 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Aims: The aims were to 1) investigate the presence of Generalised Joint Hypermobility (GJH) and musculoskeletal pain among musicians in professional Swedish symphony and opera orchestras, and 2) investigate associations between GJH and musculoskeletal pain.

Methods: A Swedish version of the 5-part questionnaire [1] and the standardised Nordic questionnaire for musculoskeletal pain disorders [2] were included in an ongoing national survey on musculoskeletal health conditions among professional orchestra musicians in Sweden. The data of this report is collected from two orchestras. Seventy-eight musicians (80%) participated, aged 45 ±9.6 years with 41% women.

Results: At present, 77 participants completed the 5-part questionnaire, of which 19.5% (28% of the women and 13% of the men) scored two or more on the 5-part questionnaire, which is the criteria for GJH. Pain prevalence during the last 12 months was highest for the neck (73.7%) and lowest for the left and right elbows (15.6% and 16.9%, respectively) (Table 1). Binary logistic regressions revealed that hypermobility was associated with increased risk for pain conditions at the neck (Odds Ratio 5.64, p=0.005) and the left and the right hand (Odds Ratio 1.80, p=0.019 and Odds Ratio 1.68, p=0.032, respectively) (Table 1).

Discussion/Conclusion: Previous studies have reported various results regarding hypermobility and association with musculoskeletal pain conditions, including both increased and reduced risk [3- 5]. Our study shows increased risk of pain located to the neck and both hands among musicians with GJH, while no significant increased or decreased risks were seen for the other body parts. However, larger groups of musicians should confirm the influence of GJH on musculoskeletal pain, and whether it differs between men and women and between groups of instruments. The current preliminary results may indicate that GHJ among musicians should be identified and preventive strategies be recommended, e.g., regarding pauses, posture and physical exercises.

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2015. nr 49- p.
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Environmental Health and Occupational Health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-20982OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-20982DiVA: diva2:892210
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2nd Conference on Musician's Health and Performance (MHPC2015), Odense, Denmark, 10-12 June 2015
Available from: 2016-01-08 Created: 2016-01-08 Last updated: 2016-01-12Bibliographically approved

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