Musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders are a leading cause of work-related injury and disability in Canadian workplaces causing reduced productivity, absences from work, and disability. In Ontario alone, over 40% of all lost time compensation claims to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) from 1996-2006 were due to MSK disorders – an estimated cost of $19 billion.
Who is at risk for work-related injuries?
MSK conditions can have an impact on all workers. However, workers who are at risk are those who regularly do work that can engage in repetitive tasks that can lead to overuse or even damage of tissues over time. According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, these are common MSK disorders that have been identified as having a profound impact on workers:
How Chiropractors Help Work-Related MSK Disorders
Chiropractors are experts in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of MSK disorders. Canadian chiropractors can effectively treat work-related MSK disorders getting Canadians back to work and family life. More importantly, chiropractors invest in prevention through patient education and developing exercise plans to keep workers from being reinjured. Conservative care offered by chiropractors, dependent on the injury and mechanism, may include joint manipulation and mobilization, soft tissue therapies, adjunct modalities, rehabilitation and individualized exercises and lifestyle advice.
Assessing Work Ergonomics
According to the International Ergonomics Association, ergonomics is “the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance.”
As well as managing workplace injuries, chiropractors can also provide advice about your workstation for proper ergonomics and make suggestions to help prevent further injury. No matter where you work, keeping these three fundamentals in mind can help you avoid workplace injury:
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