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Types of Workplace Accidents: Musculoskeletal injuries

An extremely common type of injury from workplace accidents is musculoskeletal injuries. This post will help you understand what those injuries are and what options you have if you suffer a similar injury.

What is the musculoskeletal system?

The musculoskeletal system, composed of bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles, is essential for providing structure to the human body, enabling movement, protecting organs, and carrying out vital functions such as the production of red blood cells and the storage of essential minerals.

What are musculoskeletal injuries?

Musculoskeletal injuries refer to any painful, uncomfortable, or tense condition that affects the anatomical structure of the body. These injuries can affect the soft tissues of the locomotor system, including bones, ligaments, muscles, tendons, nerves, joints, and blood vessels. Although they can occur anywhere in the body, they are most common in areas such as: 

  • Back
  • Neck
  • Shoulders
  • Elbows
  • Wrists
  • Knees
  • Feet
  • Legs

The most common musculoskeletal disorders include:

  • Rotator cuff tendinitis, which typically develops due to tendon overload caused by frequent shoulder movements. A tear in the rotator cuff occurs when it separates from the bone.
  • Epicondylitis is a condition caused by repetitive movements that inflame the tendons of the elbow muscle. Also known as tennis elbow, it is caused by excessive use of the forearm muscles when lifting the hand and wrist.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome is a neuropathy caused by compression of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel. Repetitive movements or forced postures are usually the main causes of this syndrome.
  • Low back pain, is a muscle contraction in the lower back commonly caused by injuries, strains, contractions, sprains, or sciatica. Factors such as smoking, obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, and stress can trigger it.
  • Cervical tension syndrome, is a clinical condition caused by muscle contractions in the posterior cervical region due to overwork, repetitive movements, or forced postures.

It is crucial to understand the importance of taking care of our musculoskeletal system and implementing preventive measures to avoid injuries that may affect our health and well-being at work and in daily life. 

At Taylor and Associates, we understand the challenges faced by those who have suffered musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace. As specialists in workers’ compensation, we are committed to helping individuals obtain the maximum compensation possible for their accidents by providing necessary support at every stage of the process. 

If you have experienced a workplace accident and need assistance in obtaining the compensation you deserve, do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you recover and move forward with your life. Your well-being is our priority.

Reference: Rehametrics

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