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MARINS, Eduardo Frio; ANDRADE, Luana Siqueira; PEIXOTO, Marcio Botelho  and  SILVA, Marcelo Cozzensa da. Frequency of musculoskeletal symptoms among police officers: systematic review. BrJP [online]. 2020, vol.3, n.2, pp.164-169.  Epub June 08, 2020. ISSN 2595-3192.


Musculoskeletal symptoms are considered one of the major health problems among police officers. However, no study has synthesized the frequency of these disorders in different parts of the body in this population. The study aimed to describe the frequency of musculoskeletal symptoms in different body regions of the police officers.


A search was conducted in the electronic databases Pubmed/Medline, Web of Science, LILACS, and Scielo, as well as a manual search in the references of the articles. Ten of the 4025 possible studies found were included, which reported different types of musculoskeletal symptoms frequency in different body regions and periods. The frequency of musculoskeletal symptoms within 12 months ranged from 42-52% for the lower back, 34-43% for the knees, 7-32% for the shoulders, 7-27% for the wrists/hands/fingers, 29-42% for the neck, 18-28% for ankle/foot, 8-10% for elbow, 22-45% for upper back and 12-18% for hip/thigh.


The frequency of musculoskeletal symptoms in police officers was high, especially in the lumbar, dorsal, knee, neck, and shoulder regions. Preventive measures such as physical activity and ergonomic adaptations to reduce these symptoms in this population are necessary.

Keywords : Epidemiology; Pain; Police; Prevalence.

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