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Is Work Causing You Pain?

Is Work Causing You Pain?

We all have our bad days at work but all kidding aside, is work actually making you miserable?

It may be more possible than you think. Any work activity that is repetitive and frequent can cause what are called Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders, or WMSD’s. WMSD’s involve painful disorders of the muscles, tendons, and nerves. They include problems such as carpel tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, tension neck syndrome, and much more.

What most workers don’t realize is that the injury associated with WMSD’s will occur steadily over time. When an area of the body is repeatedly stretched beyond its limits, it will eventually cause a person pain and discomfort.

Some of the symptoms that are associated with WMSD’s are:

• Pain
• Joint Stiffness
• Muscle Tightness
• “Pins and Needles”
• Numbness

As common as these types of injuries are, there are ways you can prevent or limit your risk of them.

One way is to prevent WMSD’s is through ergonomics. This is the study of designing equipment and devices so that they fit a person’s body and movements appropriately. Ergonomics is used in the workforce to reduce stress and eliminate injuries associated with repetitive tasks, incorrect posture, and overworked muscles.

Most employers have implemented programs involving ergonomics in order to keep their workforce safe and healthy. This can include sponsoring a health club membership so that its employees can exercise on a regular basis. Studies have shown that regular physical activity can reduce pain, improve function and movement, and also delay the onset of arthritic conditions in patients.

Employers can also make sure that their employee’s workstations are designed for maximum comfort to prevent injury. This may involve redesigned the space so that work-related items are placed closer to the employee to prevent excessive reach. An employee may also need an item like a wrist rest to ease any unnecessary discomfort from using a keyboard.

Some other methods to preventing WMSD’s include limiting the time an employee does a repetitive activity. It many involve more simple measures such as reducing overtime, limiting hours, rotating workers to reduce physical stress on the body, or scheduling more regular breaks.

In the unfortunate event that an employee is diagnosed with a WMSD, it doesn’t mean that help isn’t available. Through chiropractic care, an individual can not only receive treatment for the specific problem they are having but they can also learn more on how to prevent further injury. Chiropractors are trained in assessing how stress affects the musculoskeletal system and how to reduce the risk of additional trauma.

Dr. Roberto Vargas, D.C. is an Atlanta chiropractor with 15 years experience. For more information on relieving headache and migraine pain, you can visit the Atlanta pain clinic.

Atlanta: 404.575.1300

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