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How can I prevent repetitive motion injuries?

On Behalf of | Jun 26, 2019 | Uncategorized

You have probably heard people complaining about carpal tunnel. This is an issue with a nerve in the wrist that comes about due to repetitive movements. This is a type of repetitive motion injury. These injuries sneak up on you. While they may offer warning signs, you will probably ignore them until the situation is so bad that you can barely move the affected part of your body. This is why employers in New York should focus on helping workers to avoid such injuries.

Safety and Health Magazine explains that repetitive motion injuries occur all the time because many jobs require that you do the same thing over and over. Whenever you do that, you stress your body. For example, if you type all day, the way you hold your hands, wrists and arms is probably the same every day. You may not notice anything is off until you start to feel wrist pain. By then, you have already injured your body.

There are some things your employer can do to help minimize your chances of a repetitive motion injury. It starts with ensuring your workspace is comfortable. If it is possible to offer you equipment that will reduce the strain on your body, then your employer should do so. You should also get regular breaks where you can rest. If possible, your employer should allow you to rotate jobs so you are not always doing the same motions. Finally, at the very first signs something is wrong, you should stop working and get treatment. This information is for education and is not legal advice.