Work related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMDs) include pain that is associated with the muscles, bones, joints, ligaments, and tendons for the body. There are risk factors that can lead to musculoskeletal (MSK) pain. Risk factors that can lead to MSK pain can come from the work environment, repetitive or sustained postures, knowledge gap, and physical limitations in flexibility, stability, strength or endurance.
The changes that take place to a workers’ body throughout their career is often overlooked. The normal aging process is known to have an effect strength, flexibility and power. The work environment needs to be considered when evaluating the physical changes that occur over time. There are strategies to minimize the risk factors that contribute to WRMDs. By assessing and addressing the changes throughout a workers’ career can decrease their risk of MSK related pain. Many problems associated with MSK pain are preventable!