When treating an injured worker, the clinician must be aware of factors that can affect the duration and outcome of an injury. Addressing these factors results in more effective treatment and a more favorable outcome.
Work-related musculoskeletal disorders occur when there is a mismatch between the physical requirements of the job and the physical capacity of the human body. More than 100 different injuries can result from repetitive motions that produce wear and tear on the body. Specific risk factors associated with work-related musculoskeletal disorders include repetitive motion, heavy lifting, forceful exertion, contact stress, vibration, awkward posture, and rapid hand and wrist movement.
This article provides information about the specific questions to ask when first meeting an injured worker and during the continued follow-up. In addition, several musculoskeletal diagnostic categories that require special attention in an industrial setting are addressed.
Synonyms and related keywords:
occupational rehabilitation, ergonomics, work-related musculoskeletal disorders, repetitive motion disorders, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, Initial Management of Work-related Injury, Prevention of Work-related Musculoskeletal Injuries, Complicating Factors That Delay Recovery, Work-related Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Work-related Low Back Pain, Repetitive Motion (Cumulative Trauma) Disorders
Kedlaya & Kim 2007