The purpose of this study was examining association between work related musculoskeletal disorders and some selected personal variables among office workers. Descriptive survey study design would be carried ou. Source populations of the study were the registered office secretarial and administrator with any age and sex and currently on practice. Regarding data collection tools: Demographic information and the key variables of the study were collected through standard questionnaire. The data analyses were conducted with the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS Version 20). A total of 286 questionnaires were distributed among office workers of Debremarkos University and east Gojam zone, and 238 were fully completed and returned, yielding a response rate of 83.2%. Of the 238 office workers, 52.6% (n=120) were females and 47.4% (n=108) males. Age of the respondents showed that there was a significant positive correlation with musculoskeletal symptoms in four anatomical body regions (neck: r=.45, shoulder: r=.39, upper limp: r=25, back: r=65). Body mass index and the average sitting time of the respondents showed significant positive correlation with musculoskeletal symptoms in neck, shoulder, upper limb and back. Physical fitness level of the respondents showed significant negative correlation with musculoskeletal symptoms in neck(r=-0.38), shoulder(r=-0.16), upper limb(r=-0.24) and back(r=-0.27). Except physical fitness level all personal variables of the respondents showed significant positive correlation with musculoskeletal symptoms.
Keywords: Work related musculoskeletal disorder & symptoms, personal variables