Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) currently account for one-third of all occupational injuries and illnesses reported to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) by employers every year.
These disorders constitute the largest job-related injury and illness problem in the United States today. Workers suffering from MSDs experience less strength for gripping and less range of motion. In extreme cases, a person may experience loss of muscle function and inability to do everyday tasks.
Here are some common symptoms you should watch out for:
- Painful joints
- Tingling or numbness in hands or feet
- Shooting or stabbing pains in arms or legs
- Swelling, inflammation, burning sensation
- Pain in wrists, shoulders, forearms, knees
- Fingers or toes turning white
- Back or neck pain, stiffness