Often times, people associate workplace injuries with accidents such as slipping and falling. But, some common workplace injuries don’t stem from accidental occurrences at all. Rather, Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD’s) are usually an effect of repetitive and/or strenuous movements. Being aware of the frequency and effects of MSD’s can ensure your employees stay healthy and safe throughout the workplace.
What Causes Musculoskeletal Disorders?
MSD’s are most often a result of repetitive motions, sudden exposure to force, and poor posture. These are often seen in workplaces where heavy or frequent lifting and maneuvering occur, such as a warehouse or a building site. Lack of movement, such as remaining in the same position at a desk every day, can also result in MSDs.
Who do Musculoskeletal Disorders Affect?
Nearly anyone can be affected by MSD’s. Annually, an average of nearly 70 million Americans are seen by a physician for symptoms. Symptoms often include stiff joints, dull aches or pains, swelling, and a reduced range of motion. Increased risks for developing MSD’s include age, level of activity, genetics, and lifestyle type.
Treatment of Musculoskeletal Disorders
Treating MSD’s can include occupational or physical therapy, as well as over the counter medication to treat inflammation. Depending on the level of severity, the treatment plans will differ. For more information on treatment,
Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders
To prevent MSD’s from occurring, ensure that all of your employees are aware of their limits. Handling too large of tasks at once can be taxing. When handling large or heavy jobs, fragment them into smaller, more manageable tasks. Recommending daily stretching and physical activity will also help to ensure that worker’s bodies are properly prepared for strenuous tasks.
Being aware of the risks and preventions of MSD’s throughout your workplace is vital for keeping your employees safe. EHS specializes in a range of programs to ensure your workplace and employees stay protected from illness and injury. Reach out to one of our professionals for help getting your workplace prepared.