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Title: Assessment of Spinal Range of Motion and Musculoskeletal Discomfort in Forklift Drivers. A Cross-Sectional Study
Authors: Rabal-Pelay, Juan ORCID SCOPUSID
Cimarras-Otal, Cristina ORCID SCOPUSID
Alcázar Crevillén, Andrés SCOPUSID
Laguna-Miranda, Carmen SCOPUSID
Bataller-Cervero, Ana Vanessa ORCID SCOPUSID
Keywords: Office workers; Lumbar ROM; Spine; Forklift operators; Low back discomfort
Issue Date: 13-Mar-2021
Publisher: MDPI
Citation: Rabal-Pelay, J.; Cimarras-Otal, C.; Marcen-Cinca, N.; Alcázar-Crevillén, A.; Laguna-Miranda, C.; Bataller-Cervero, A.V. Assessment of Spinal Range of Motion and Musculoskeletal Discomfort in Forklift Drivers. A Cross-Sectional Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 2947. https://
Abstract: Forklifts are commonly used in industrial supply chains to transport heavy loads. Forklift drivers have the risk of developing musculoskeletal discomfort derived from the movement pattern required at work. This research aimed to investigate the spinal range of motion (ROM) and musculoskeletal discomfort of forklift drivers and compare it with a control group. Forklift drivers (39 males) and office workers (31 males) were recruited to assess cervical, thoracic, and lumbar ROM with an electronic double inclinometer. Additionally, musculoskeletal discomfort was registered with the Cornell Discomfort Musculoskeletal Questionnaire. Forklift drivers showed a higher cervical discomfort and ROM of lateral lumbar bending than office workers. Both groups reported lower ROM in cervical and lumbar lateral bending on the right side versus the left side. No differences of asymmetry were reported for any variable between groups. Specific exercise programs may correct these mobility imbalances.
ISSN: 1660-4601
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