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2022 Jul 13

BMC Pediatr



Laboured reading and musculoskeletal pain in school children – the role of lifestyle behaviour and eye wear: a cross-sectional study.


Thorud H-M S, Mork R, Bjørset C O, Gilson SJ, Hagen LA, Langaas T, Pedersen HR, Svarverud E, Vikesdal G H, Baraas RC
BMC Pediatr. 2022 Jul 13; 22(1):416.
PMID: 35831809.


Lifestyle behaviour in children and adolescents has become increasingly sedentary and occupied with digital work. Concurrently, there has been an increase in the prevalence of headache, neck- and low back pain, which are leading causes of disability globally. Extensive near work and use of digital devices are demanding for both the visual system and the upper body head-stabilizing musculature. Uncorrected vision problems are present in up to 40% of Nordic school children, and a lack of corrective eye wear may cause eyestrain, musculoskeletal pain and headache. The aim of this study was to investigate associations between laboured reading, musculoskeletal pain, uncorrected vision, and lifestyle behaviours in children and adolescents.