Intraoperative stretching microbreaks reduce surgery-related musculoskeletal pain in otolaryngologists
American journal of otolaryngology
Ergonomics; Intraoperative pain; Microbreaks; Otolaryngology; Surgeons
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to examine the role intraoperative otolaryngology stretching microbreak (OSMB) has on musculoskeletal (MSK) pain and discomfort in otolaryngologists. BACKGROUND: Otolaryngology procedures subject surgeons to significant amounts of pain and strain over their years of training. MSK pain is a serious concern for otolaryngologists' career longevity as well as their general wellbeing. METHODS: Participants from two different hospitals and one private practice were recruited to participate in this study. An initial ergonomic survey was obtained to assess baseline MSK pain, and its subjective impact on operative performance. The participants then completed three control days without OSMB exercises, followed by three intervention days with OSMB exercises which were completed at 20-40 minute intervals. Preoperative and postoperative pain rating surveys were completed before and after each procedure and at the end of the day to determine changes in pain and/or discomfort. RESULTS: Ten otolaryngologists (50 % men, 50 % women; mean age 35.6 years) participated in this study. Half of the participants indicated that they were concerned their pain would limit their ability to operate in the future. 70 % of participants indicated that they have not attempted to treat this pain and 60 % did not try any stretching exercises outside the operating room (OR) to mitigate their symptoms. Participants reported neck, upper back, and lower back to be the primary MSK discomfort. OSMB improved participants' pain scores in neck, shoulders, hands, and lower back pain (p < 0.05). CONCLUSION: MSK pain has shown to be a serious concern for the ability of otolaryngologists to continue performing surgery in the future. OSMB may be an effective strategy that can be implemented by otolaryngologists intraoperatively to improve MSK pain and overall well being.
Elzomor, Amir; Tunkel, Alexandra; Lee, Esther; Jaamour, Farris; Davidson, Lauren; Shaver, Timothy Brandon; Niermeyer, Weston; Benito, Daniel; Cole, Keith; and Zapanta, Philip, "Intraoperative stretching microbreaks reduce surgery-related musculoskeletal pain in otolaryngologists" (2022). GW Authored Works. Paper 1478.