Burden of Musculoskeletal Disorders in Adults of Rural Areas of Delhi: A Cross-sectional Study

  • Ashok Kumar Senior Resident, ESIC Medical College and Hospital Alwar, Rajasthan, India. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8240-4628
  • Jugal Kishore Director Professor & Head, Department of Community Medicine, VMMC & Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India.
  • Nonica Laisram VMMC & Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India.
Keywords: Musculoskeletal Disorders, Disability, Bone and Joint, Prevalence, Adults, Trauma


Background: Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are disabling chronic conditions prevalent worldwide. However, there is paucity of literature of such disorders from India.

Objective: To study the epidemiology of Musculoskeletal disorders in adult population of rural areas of Delhi.

Materials and Methods: The study was a descriptive, cross sectional, community-based study and conducted in a rural area of Delhi. Modified Nordic musculoskeletal questionnaire (NMQ-E) was used to determine the prevalence of MSDs. Data were summarized using frequencies, proportions and appropriate statistical tests were applied for significance. Binary logistic regression was used.

Results: The lifetime prevalence of MSDs in the present study was found to be 57% (114) of the study participants, 53% (106) participants had history of MSDs in the past 12 months, 48% (96) participants had
history of MSDs in the past 4 weeks while 35% (70) participants had history of MSDs at the time of interview. Lower backache was the most common complaints (54.2%). MSDs were found to be more associated
with female gender, increasing age, being overweight or obese, and having a history of trauma.

Conclusion: One in three adults was suffering from MSDs in rural Delhi and more so in females and elderly.

How to cite this article:
Kumar A, Kishore J, Laisram N. Burden of Musculoskeletal Disorders in Adults of Rural Areas of Delhi: A Cross-sectional Study. J Adv Res Med. 2022;9(1):11-17.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.24321/2349.7181.202202


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