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Are you getting work related pain? Maybe after a day at work you feel stiff and achey?

Some work related injuries and issues can get worse over time and eventually might force you to take time off work or need medical interventions like medications which bring side effects or even surgery which can require extensive recovery time. Sometimes taking action early on can prevent bigger issues like this occurring and this blog gives ideas to help deal with work related pain and injuries before they get serious.

Here’s a quick lowdown on some of the most common work related pain

Repetitive strain injury (RSI)

A typist at work
Typists are especially at risk of RSI

RSI is an overuse injury.  It usually affects the upper body, so shoulders, elbows, wrists and hands.  It affects people who spend long periods of time carrying out repetitive tasks, for example typists, assembly line workers and supermarket checkout workers.

  Symptoms are

  • Aching
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness
  • Tingling
  • Weakness
  • Cramp
  • Swelling

At first pain only happens occasionally and goes away when you stop the task causing it but it can worsen over time and become very debilitating. Some people are so severely affected by RSI they are no longer able to do even simple things like get dressed without being in pain.

Preventing RSI

If you are at risk there are a few things you can do to help

  • Posture and desk setup – desk workers ensure your workstation is set up to minimise strain on your body click here for a description of a good desk setup
  • Try not to spend too long on one task – if possible try to do different jobs to give your body a rest
  • Cold temperatures are a risk factor as well so if possible try to avoid working outdoors for long periods of time
  • Stretches – some gentle stretches and mobility movements – for example yoga can help keep joints mobile.  Try and do something a couple of times a week.

If you think you have RSI you should speak with your doctor and your employer as it needs to be addressed promptly.   Your employer has a legal obiligation to support you if you are at risk of RSI in your job role.

Heavy lifting

If your job means you do a lot of lifting this could increase your risk of back pain and injury. 

You can either have back pain that builds up slowly over a long period of time or a sudden injury from lifting something awkwardly. 

With back injuries prevention is always best! 

  • Use correct manual handling techniques – your employer should offer training if heavy lifting is a job requirement
  • Use equipment to help you lift and move heavy objects, for example a wheeled trolley
  • Get help with very heavy items

Having a strong core will also reduce your risk of back strain so try to do some exercises to strengthen your core a couple of times a week.

If you have any niggling aches or injuries a sports therapy session could be just what you need. 

I offer a 60 minute Sport Therapy session click here for £55 which includes a look at what might be causing pain, some hands on work to relieve it and some takeaway advice to help you manage your injury at home.  You also get an rehabilitative exercise plan emailed to you within 2 days of your appointment which is tailored to your ability level and needs.

If this is something you would like to do you can book here or for more info please contact me

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