Workplace injuries may be traumatic in nature caused by slips, trips or falls, or may be insidious, building up over time. Common non traumatic workplace injuries include:
Low back pain
a common disorder, affecting around one-third of the UK adult population each year.(NICE guidelines 2009) Frequent contributory factors for low back pain include poor lifting techniques, or sustained postures. Correct work station set up is important in preventing low back pain
(RSI) is injury to the nerves, muscles or ligaments of the hand, wrist, elbow or shoulder and is bought on by repetitive movement. Whilst modern technology such as computer keyboards or mice and game consoles are often implicated any movement repeated time and time again can become a source of problems thus RSI can also affect musicians, assembly workers and construction workers.
Headaches and neck ache
Sustaining a poor posture in any position, but frequently when sitting at a desk or driving will place a strain on the neck muscles often causing neck pain and headache. VDU positioning, text size and stressful situations can also be a causative factor for neck pain and headaches
Carpal tunnel syndrome
is compression of the median nerve as it passes through a tunnel at the wrist into the hand. Common symptoms include pins and needles in the hand and pain when gripping things. Repeated activity particularly with your wrist in extension puts pressure on the nerve. This includes work on a production line, and prolonged computer work. Read more about carpal tunnel
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