Workplace Wellness: Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a variety of conditions that affect muscles, joints, nerves and tendons and ligaments. Some common conditions related to MSD include:
- Muscle strain in the neck, shoulder and lower back
- Pinched nerve
- Carpal/tarsal tunnel syndrome
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) cites work-related musculoskeletal disorders among the leading causes for lost time from work. Additionally, in 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that nearly 400,000 MSD cases accounted for approximately 33% of all work-related injury and subsequent illness.
Experts at Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Center’s Physical and Occupational Therapy services provide care for patients affected by work-related musculoskeletal disorders and explain that these conditions do not necessarily result from a sudden event such as a slip or fall. MSDs develop gradually over a period of time and often are aggravated by daily routines and activities directly associated with the work environment.
Some known factors of work-related MSD include:
- Performing repetitive actions for daily tasks
- Lack of physical movement
- Poor body mechanics when lifting, bending or reaching
- Poor posture at desks and computer work stations
Reduce Your Risk of a Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders
The Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Center team offer the following prevention tips to help you avoid long-term problems related to work-related musculoskeletal conditions.
- Take frequent breaks throughout your day.
- Incorporate stretching and movement; learn and practice stretches and exercises to help strengthen your posture.
- Practice good posture; avoid slouching and bending in awkward positions that apply pressure to the neck and back muscles, such as cradling the telephone between shoulder and ear.
- Reduce repetitive or prolonged activities as much as possible.
- Adjust your work area to reduce the amount of reaching and bending you have to do in a day
- Use the proper mechanics to lift objects, bending at the knees; or use equipment used for moving or lifting.
If unaddressed, the risk of long-term injury and chronic pain rises and increases with age, and may require surgery, extensive rehabilitation and physical therapy.
We offer this information as an introduction to the Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Center. Our experts can help you prevent injuries that keep you from enjoying your normal, daily activities as well as manage current pain you may already suffer. We will be adding more information and approaches you can use for maintaining healthy daily activities. If you feel you need additional help, do not hesitate to contact us to make an appointment.
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