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Lung Function Parameters, Neck Pain and Associated Factors among Male Rubber Tapping Workers in Kerala

V Devender Reddy, B Santhosh Kumar, and Nazia Uzma
Professor and Head, Department of Physiology, Deccan College of Medical Sciences, Kanchanbagh (PO), Hyderbad 500058, AP, India.
Abstract—Rubber tapping causes various health problems among rubber tapping workers. It varies from simple musculoskeletal aches to more serious and complicated structural damage to bone, muscles, tendons and nerves of musculoskeletal system. The present study was conducted in rubber tapping workers in two districts of Kerala. A total of 343 rubber tapping workers were included and 246 subjects with same socio economic status and equivalent physical activity workers were elected as control subject. The most common affected body region among respondents was neck pain (NP) (72.2%) followed by low back pain (66.2%), shoulders pain (44.9%), knee pain (55.8%), ankles/feet pain (34.4%), elbow pain (33.2%), upper back pain (30.8%), wrists pain (50.1%) and hip/thighs pain (15.3%). Boarder line significant difference was observed in the alteration of lung function in rubber tappers and controls. The study revealed that the workers were in potential risk of neck pain and various other musculo skeletal diseases (MSD) and lung function abnormalities due to exposure to acids, which are being used for the coagulation of latex.

Index Terms—Rubber tappers, Lung function, Neck pain, Musculo skeletal diseases.

Cite: V Devender Reddy, B Santhosh Kumar, and Nazia Uzma, "Lung Function Parameters, Neck Pain and Associated Factors among Male Rubber Tapping Workers in Kerala," International Journal of Pharma Medicine and Biological Sciences, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 43-48, October 2012.
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