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Repetitive stress work injury, also known by the medical term musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) is a type of injury that gradually builds, until you notice pain, weakness and fatigue that hinders or stops your work. Here are some of the common injuries that cause problems for workers.

Back problems

Repetitive strain on the back can lead to problems with mobility and pain management for many workers. One common work injury is mechanical back syndrome which can cause pain in and around the spine. Some causes are repetitive lifting of heavy objects while bending over. Another back injury which can cause major problems is a herniated or ruptured disc. The function of the discs is to cushion each vertebra in the spine. When one or more of the discs get ruptured, a high level of pain can result. This injury can be the result of repeatedly bending, lifting and turning over a period of time.

Arm, wrist and hand problems

There are many injuries of the arm, wrist and hand that can be caused by repetitive use. Radial tunnel syndrome can be the result of repeated pressure on the radial nerve, which travels from the upper arm down to the wrist. It can cause pain like tennis elbow in the forearm and elbow area. Repetitive pushing, pulling and gripping can be the cause for the development of this syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome can occur when the median nerve gets compressed in the wrist.  Symptoms include pain, tingling and numbness of some fingers and weakness of the wrist and hand. Job tasks which include repetitive hand and wrist motions are a frequent cause of this condition.

Often, injured workers must rely on workers compensation insurance to pay medical bills and compensate them for lost work. Employers that place a priority on the promotion of workers’ musculoskeletal health will promote a safe work environment that stresses proper body mechanics through ergonomic training, stretch breaks and adaptive work equipment such as standing desks for those who need it.