Association between sitting time and neck-shoulder pain among office workers: A cross-sectional study

  • Huda Binte Ashfaq
  • Faiza Sharif University Institute of Physical Therapy, University of Lahore, Pakistan
  • Ayesha Arooj University of Lahore
  • Ashfaq Ahmad University Institute of Physical Therapy, University of Lahore, Pakistan
Keywords: shoulder pain, Stifness, Neck, Exercise, Pysiotherapy


Background: Much of literature is available on aetiological factors and prevalence of neck-shoulder pain in office workers but limited evidence is available on association between sitting time and Neck-Shoulder Pain (NSP) among office workers. The objective of this study was to determine the association between sitting time and NSP among office workers. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study, the data were collected using non-probability convenient sampling technique. Selection criteria included participants having work related aches, working duration more than 3 hours in a day and 20 hours per week, and between 20–60 years of age. Data were analysed on SPSS-21. Results: The working hours per week with intensity of neck and shoulder pain was grouped as no pain, mild pain, moderate pain and severe pain. The sitting was further classified as low, moderate or high sitting. The results were found statistically significant with age, gender, smoking and pain intensity within the last month. Conclusion: Total sitting time per week at office was significantly associated with neck-shoulder pain among office workers. Further, high total sitting time per week was associated with increased NSP intensity compared to moderate sitting or low sitting with age, gender, smoking status or pain intensity.

Pak J Physiol 2021;17(1):37‒40


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Ashfaq H, Sharif F, Arooj A, Ahmad A. Association between sitting time and neck-shoulder pain among office workers: A cross-sectional study. PJP [Internet]. 31Mar.2021 [cited 27Jul.2021];17(1):37-0. Available from: