Injuries and illnesses caused by working conditions affect many people in Alabama. You may sustain an injury because of an accident, but some health problems develop over time, so identifying them is essential in order to file for workers’ compensation. Healthline.com explains that there are a number of on-the-job risks for musculoskeletal disorders.
If you are younger, you may be less likely to develop an MSD than people in the same situation who are in their thirties or forties. However, the physical wear and tear of some occupations put anyone at risk. For example, laborers, people who work in the health care industry and those who frequently handle freight are just three of the types of workers who may be exposed to high-risk conditions that could lead to muscle, bone or joint damage. Correct posture and proper lifting techniques may help prevent this type of injury.
Although lower back pain is the most frequently identified MSD, the physical demands of your occupation may cause you to develop an injury that affects your upper back or neck, hips, legs or any other portion of the musculoskeletal system. Other common MSDs include rheumatoid or osteoarthritis, tendinitis or fibromyalgia. Loss of movement, swelling and persistent pain are three symptoms of MSDs.
Muscle weakness, bone loss or nerve damage are three of the signs a doctor may identify when performing a physical examination to pinpoint the source of your pain. Treatment varies depending on the issue and severity. This information is provided to give you an overview of MSDs, but it is general in nature and should not be interpreted as legal advice.