When it comes to work related injuries, many people think of a serious accident such as severing a finger.
But repetitive motion injuries are the most common as they account for approximately sixty percent of all job-related injuries.
What Are Repetitive Motion Injuries?
Also known as repetitive stress injuries or cumulative trauma injuries, they affect workers who perform the same physical tasks every day. No matter how small, these movements can cause serious and painful medical conditions over time.
Types of Work That Can Cause Repetitive Motion Injuries
There are several work-related activities that can cause repetitive motion injuries such as:
- Butchering or packing meat
- Assembly line work
- Stocking shelves
- Pipe setting
- Sawing and cutting building materials
- Playing musical instruments
Common Repetitive Motion Injuries
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – Caused by compression of the median nerve of the wrist, it restricts blood flow to the fingers causing pain, tingling, or numbness.
Epicondylitis – Also known as tennis or golfer’s elbow, epicondylitis results from overuse of the muscles and tendons where the bone and tendons attach.
Bursitis – This condition occurs when the bursa, a sac-like structure that provides cushion between the bones, tendons, muscles, and joints, becomes inflamed.
How to Reduce the Risk of Repetitive Motion Injuries
The following tips can help you prevent wearing out the body while on the job:
- Use good posture
- Avoid gripping tools, including pens too tightly
- Take frequent stretch breaks
- Make sure your work area is ergonomically designed