Relationship between shoulder pain and weight of shoulder bags in young women

  • Ana Paula Vasconcellos Abdon Universidade de Fortaleza http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1597-1817
  • Thais Erica Gonçalves Moraes Universidade de Fortaleza
  • Mayara Prado e Sales Universidade de Fortaleza
  • Renata dos Santos Vasconcelos Universidade Federal do Ceará
  • Ticiana Sampaio Braga Universidade de Fortaleza
  • Thais Sousa Pinto Ferreira Universidade de Fortaleza
  • Daniela Gardano Burchales Mont’Alverne Universidade Federal do Ceará

Abstract

The present study aimed to assess the relationship between shoulder pain and weight of shoulder bags in young women. Cross-sectional study conducted with 316 women aged 18-35 years from February 2013 to July 2014. A questionnaire was used to collect demographic data and information on physical activity, sleeping habits, presence of pain and its characteristics, use of bags, and percentage of bag weight–body weight ratio (%bagweight). Pearson’s chi-squared test and Mann-Whitney test were used to check for associations between the dependent variable (presence of pain) and the independent variables, with a significance level of 5% (p<0.05). In all, 195 (61.7%) women complained of shoulder pain. These women carried heavier shoulder bags (p=0.01), weighing circa 4.02% of their body weight (p=0.050), and the pain was proportional to a higher bag weight (p=0.023) compared to the painless group. Lack of physical activity and inadequate sleep position influenced the occurrence of shoulder pain (p=0.008 and p=0.017, respectively). The weight of the shoulder bag represented a risk factor for the onset of shoulder pain and women should not carry bags weighing more than 4% of their body weight.

Author Biographies

Ana Paula Vasconcellos Abdon, Universidade de Fortaleza

Public Health Graduate Program, School of Physiotherapy, University of Fortaleza - UNIFOR, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil. 

Thais Erica Gonçalves Moraes, Universidade de Fortaleza
School of Physiotherapy, University of Fortaleza - UNIFOR, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil.
Mayara Prado e Sales, Universidade de Fortaleza

School of Physiotherapy, University of Fortaleza- UNIFOR, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil. 

Renata dos Santos Vasconcelos, Universidade Federal do Ceará

Department of Medical Sciences, Federal University of Ceará - UFC, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil. 

Ticiana Sampaio Braga, Universidade de Fortaleza

School of Physiotherapy, University of Fortaleza - UNIFOR, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil. 

Thais Sousa Pinto Ferreira, Universidade de Fortaleza

School of Physiotherapy, University of Fortaleza - UNIFOR, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil. 

Daniela Gardano Burchales Mont’Alverne, Universidade Federal do Ceará

School of Physiotherapy, Federal University of Ceará - UFC, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil. 

Published
2018-10-19
Section
Original Article