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Association of neck pain with stress and posture among teachers using cost effective methods



Background: Neck pain is an extremely common musculoskeletal problem faced by a large number of teachers. In COVID-19 pandemic, teachers have played a major role in maintaining the pace of the society but it has taken a toll on them too. The use of electronic devices for long hours lead to static postures and increased levels of stress, and thus result in pain and discomfort. Purpose: This study aims to quantify the relationship between neck pain, stress and posture among teachers using cost effective as well as efficient methods in times of coronavirus pandemic. Methodology: Forty-three (N=43) teachers as subjects with age of less than 60 years both males and females from different schools participated. Teachers with at-least 1 year of experience were included in the study. Teachers having any chronic medical illness and musculoskeletal disease or anomalies such neck deformity (torticollis, cervical rib) and surgery were excluded. NDI and Perceived Stress Scale along with APECS application were used for assessment. Results: It was found that there was moderate positive correlation between neck pain and stress with R value =0.5261. Similarly, a weak positive correlation was noted between neck pain and head tilt (R=0.2566) Astonishingly a weak positive correlation was also found between neck pain and shoulder alignment (r=0.0924). Conclusion: The use of APECS application proved to be cost effective and efficient in assessing the posture of an individual. On the basis of data collected, neck pain is directly proportional to stress and posture which comprises head tilt as well as shoulder alignment. This depicts that, as stress in an individual increases, the severity of neck pain will also increase. Similarly, more the posture of head and neck deviates, more it will result in neck disability. Keywords: Neck disability index (NDI), Perceived stress scale (PSS), Artificial intelligence posture evaluation and correction system (APEC)
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