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Neck/Shoulder Problems and Headaches Among Surgeons Performing Minimally Invasive Surgeries in Australia and New Zealand

PUBLISHED July 20, 2022 (DOI: https://doi.org/10.54985/peeref.2207p9199360)



Ameer Alhusuny1 , Margaret Cook1 , Akram Khalil1 , Venerina Johnston1
  1. The University of Queensland

Conference / event

AGES XXX Annual Scientific Meeting 2020, March 2020 (Sydney, Australia)

Poster summary

Musculoskeletal problems are common among surgeons performing Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS). Another commonly reported symptom is headaches. The surgeon’s awkward head/neck posture adopted during MIS may be associated with neck/shoulder problems and headaches. There are several modifiable factors that could be addressed to relieve neck/shoulder problems and headaches in surgeons performing MIS.


Neck, Shoulder, Surgeon, Surgery, Ergonomics

Research areas



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  2. Marius Birlea M, Haley Burke M, Arnaldo DaSilva M, Alison Furton N, Chantal O’Brien M, Jeff Reynek N, et al. New Patient Headache Questionnaire. Headache Clinic at University of Colorado Hospital. 2016. [Available from: http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/medicalschool/departments/neurology/clinical/Documents/New_Patient_Questionnaire_3-8-17.pdf.


  1. The University of Queensland

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Competing interests
None declared.
Data availability statement
The datasets generated during and/or analyzed during the current study are available from the corresponding_author author on reasonable request.
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Copyright © 2022 Alhusuny et al. This is an open access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Alhusuny, A., Cook, M., Khalil, A., Johnston, V. Neck/Shoulder Problems and Headaches Among Surgeons Performing Minimally Invasive Surgeries in Australia and New Zealand [not peer reviewed]. Peeref 2022 (poster).
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