We spend most of our waking hours at work. Unfortunately,
work place injuries happen. Some work enviroments are more dangerous
than others. Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders are caused
or made worse by the work environment. WMSDs can cause severe
and debilitating symptoms such as pain, numbness, and tingling;
reduced worker productivity; lost time from work; temporary or
permanent disability; inability to perform job tasks; and an increase
in workers compensation costs. Musculoskeletal disorders are often
confused with ergonomics. Ergonomics is the science of fitting
workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of workers.
In other words, musculoskeletal disorders are the problem and
ergonomics is a solution.
Repetitive, forceful, or prolonged exertions of
the hands; frequent or heavy lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying
of heavy objects; prolonged awkward postures; and vibration contribute
to WMSDs. Jobs or working conditions that combine risk factors
will increase the risk for musculoskeletal problems. The level
of risk depends on how long a worker is exposed to these conditions,
how often they are exposed, and the level of exposure.
Musculoskeletal disorders include a group of conditions
that involve the nerves, tendons, muscles, and supporting structures
such as intervertebral discs. They represent a wide range of disorders,
which can differ in severity from mild periodic symptoms to severe
chronic and debilitating conditions. Examples include carpal tunnel
syndrome, tension neck syndrome, and low back pain. These injuries
are often successfully treated with chiropractic care. Chiropractic
manipulation, electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, massage
therapy, active therapeutic exercises and work hardening procedures
can lead to recovery with chiropractic for your work-related injuries.
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