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Women Much More Likely to Develop MSDs

Women are at a much higher risk for developing an upper-body musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) than once thought, and in some instances, could be up to 11 times more likely than men to develop such injuries, say researchers at Ohio State University.

Following a review of 56 previous studies on women and their risk for MSDs, the researchers, Delia Treaster and Deborah Burr, concluded that former beliefs that women were only somewhat more at risk for developing MSDs are inaccurate and that, depending on the MSD, women may have a substantially greater chance of developing the injury than men.

“Any way you slice the data, women have a significantly higher prevalence