Repetitive strain injuries (RSI) are the primary cause of musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace. Musculoskeletal injuries affect the movement of the human body. The most common injuries include Tendonitis, ligament sprain, carpal tunnel syndrome, among many others. The interactions between the different aspects make it possible for one to move and carry out other functions (Jayaraman & Burns, 2019). The human body is a complex array of muscles, tissues, and bones. In some cases, one may be exposed to physical trauma that may lead to injury or musculoskeletal injuries. There are several
cases that one may experience fractures, tears, or other damages.
The causes of musculoskeletal pain are numerous. With the wear and tear of daily activities, individuals can weaken muscle tissue. Often, people with musculoskeletal pain complain that their whole body is in pain. Their muscles should feel pulled or overworked as they have been. The muscles twitch or burn occasionally. Different forms of therapeutic exercise or mobilization may be used to treat people with musculoskeletal pain. Relieving inflammation requires medicines such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Doctors should administer Serotonin and norepinephrine medication in
low doses in patients with disorders such as fibromyalgia.
The causes of repetitive strain injury in workplaces include poor working environment setup, poor sitting posture, and repetitive tasks without resting. Symptoms differ from person to person, but the general symptoms are pain, exhaustion, and sleep disruptions. An organization should take precautions in ensuring the safety and health care of workers. According to a survey conducted by the Labor force in the United Kingdom, the results suggested that two million working days are lost annually due to musculoskeletal injuries (Restuputri & Masudin, 2019). Employers have a legal right to reduce RSI by consulting employees on potential risks, regularly changing the layout of offices, allocating time to rest, providing clear instructions, and training employees on health practices.
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