Regular use of pain medication due to musculoskeletal disorders in the general working population: Cross-sectional study among 10,000 workers

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BACKGROUND: We aimed to determine the association between work, health, and lifestyle with regular use of pain medication due to musculoskeletal disorders in the general working population. METHODS: Currently employed wage earners (N = 10,024) replied to questions about health, work, and lifestyle. The odds for regularly using medication for musculoskeletal disorders were modeled using logistic regression controlled for various confounders. RESULTS: Pain intensity increased the odds for using pain medication in a dose-response fashion. With seated work as reference, the odds for using pain medication were 1.26 (95%CI: 1.09-1.47) for workers engaged in standing or walking work that is not strenuous and 1.59 (95%CI: 1.39-1.82) for workers engaged in standing or walking work with lifting tasks or heavy and fast strenuous work. CONCLUSIONS: Workers with higher levels of physical activity at work are more likely to use pain medication on a regular basis for musculoskeletal disorders, even when adjusting for pain intensity, lifestyle, and influence at work. Am. J. Ind. Med. (c) 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc

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Sundstrup EH, Jakobsen MD, Petersen MB, Andersen KJ, Ajslev JZN, Andersen LL. Regular use of pain medication due to musculoskeletal disorders in the general working population: Cross-sectional study among 10,000 workers. American Journal of Industrial Medicine 2016;59(11):934-941.
doi: 10.1002/ajim.22612

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