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Mehwish Siddiqui
Roopali Mandhan
Sanjana Kumari
Neha Chhoda
Nimerta Rani
Shanza Imdad
Nimarta Fulwani
Aqsa Faiz


musculoskeletal disease, pain, wrist, carpal tunnel syndrome, prevalence


Introduction: Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) causes various conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system, including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). CTS, characterized by median nerve compression in the wrist's carpal tunnel, presents a global public health challenge. It exhibits varying prevalence rates across populations and professions, with notable occurrences among pregnant women, diabetic patients, and those engaged in repetitive and forceful maneuvers. Beauty parlor workers, due to the nature of their tasks, face an increased risk of CTS, originating from repetitive and forceful wrist motions, sustained wrist positions, and the use of vibrating tools. Regional variations in CTS prevalence emphasize the need for healthcare strategies.

Objectives: This study aimed to determine the prevalence and risk factors of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) symptoms among the beauty parlor workers in Karachi.

 Methodology: One hundred and eighty-four beauty parlor workers participated in this cross sectional study. Data was collected using a standard disease specific questionnaire BCTQ. Consent was taken from all eligible participants. Data was analyzed by SPSS version 26.

 Result: The result revealed that a significant proportion of participants experienced mild to moderate wrist pain 57.6%, numbness 53.8%, tingling sensations 55.4%, and weakness 47.8%. Workers faced numerous difficulties in performing their professional tasks, such as grasping small objects, holding makeup palettes, working with scissors and vibratory tools, gripping beauty tools, and opening jars and bottles

 Conclusion: This study concluded high prevalence and risk factors of carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms among beauty parlor workers in Karachi. This study highlight the need to consider ergonomic solutions for those who carry heavy equipment, work with vibratory tools and perform repetitive movements.

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