In 2018/19 the UK had 581,000 self-reported cases of workers being a victim of non-fatal work-related injuries. The cold-therapy experts at www.Biofreeze.co.uk have complied a list of the most common workplace injuries and how to avoid them…

Repetitive stress and overexertion injuries make up most workplace injuries and they are easily avoidable. Frequent causes of overexertion injuries include lifting, pushing, pulling, holding or carrying objects as part of one’s job. These injuries can lead to debilitating pain, resulting in time off work and needing to seek medical help. Here is a list of the four most common injuries caused by repetitive stress and overexertion in the workplace…

Back injuries 

Back injuries are one of the common issues in workplaces around the world and can be the cause of many people’s problems, even minor back pain can dramatically affect a person’s quality of life – let alone their ability to work productively. There are a multitude of reasons why back problems are so common, one of which is improper training. 

Improper lifting technique is the main cause of back issues – yet it’s the easiest to fix. Employers are obligated to provide the correct training in jobs that require regular lifting, however it’s often overlooked as it’s assumed everybody already knows how to lift correctly.

Muscle strains 

A muscle strain or a pulled muscle occurs when your muscle is overstretched or torn. This is a common result of overexertion. Some of the most common symptoms of muscle strains are sudden onset of pain, soreness, limited range of movement, swelling and often loss in strength. 

There is a variety of reasons why you may experience muscle strains. Of course, overworking and fatigue play a big role, however there are other factors such as poor flexibility and conditioning.

Neck injuries 

The most common minor neck injuries that occur in the workplace are soft tissue damage, pulled muscles and ligament or tendon damage. Theses injuries can be sustained through heavy lifting, slips, trips and falls and falling objects. Similar to back injuries, they can be extremely debilitating and have long-term effects. 

For many office workers, neck pain is a result of sitting awkwardly at a desk all day. This can be easily solved by being more aware of your posture and ensuring that your computer screen is at eye level.

Joint, tendon and connective tissue injuries

If you have a manual job the chances are you will have suffered from joint pain at some point. It can affect the whole body, but is most commonly occurring in the elbows, wrists, knees and back. Joint injuries are usually caused by repetitive movement and it doesn’t have to be from overexertion, simply doing the same job over many years can create problems.

Some of the most effective ways of mitigating these common injuries and repetitive strain problems are eating a nutritious and balanced whole-food diet, staying hydrated, getting up from your desk during your work day at regular intervals and stretching the arms, upper body , rolling down through the spine and rolling back to standing, going for a walk or run. Additionally, a regular yoga, fitness and dynamic pilates practice helps to keep the core conditioned and protect the back from strains and pulls.

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