To prevent injury, gastroenterologists should complete more ergonomics training, take breaks

An American Gastroenterological Association survey examined musculoskeletal-related injuries in endoscopists, Gastroenterology & Endoscopy reports.

The AGA surveyed approximately 10,600 physicians.

Here's what they found:

1. Musculoskeletal injuries were common among endoscopists. Approximately 85 percent of men and women reported such injuries.

2. Women experienced upper body injuries more commonly than men.

3. The most common injuries were left thumb, neck and lower back injuries.

4. The least common injury was to the left elbow.

Researchers recommend gastroenterologists and fellows complete more ergonomics training and take short one to three minute breaks every hour. Less than 14 percent of surveyed physicians reported taking breaks.

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