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Chronic Pain in Industrial Workers

Updated: Jun 10, 2023

Work environment and performance is vital to any industry. Musculoskeletal disorders can greatly impact a worker's ability to produce work and affect the overall health of the employee. Musculoskeletal disorders are associated with higher expenses to employers through loss of productivity, disability, worker’s compensation costs, and absenteeism that affect the livelihood and health of employees.

Musculoskeletal disorders explained

Musculoskeletal disorders can present themselves in the form of low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee pain and are usually a result of bending, climbing, crawling, reaching and twisting, in a repetitive fashion.

Due to the frequency and nature of industrial work, a singular event may not cause long term symptoms but the repetitive motion over time develops into a musculoskeletal disorder. These conditions are typically considered “overuse” injuries. When a muscle is overused, it can result in muscle imbalances which creates joint asymmetry. This can cause increased wear and tear on the body, ultimately leading to chronic pain and dysfunction. These conditions usually do not develop from acute episodes such as a slip and fall but can if left untreated. Conditions left untreated can develop into arthritis and other long term conditions resulting in a loss of function to both the employee and employer.

How Physical Therapy Can Help Chronic Pain in Workers

Physical Therapists can not only treat current musculoskeletal disorders and issues of chronic pain but also work with you to prevent it through various strategies involving ergonomics training and education.

Check out our blog “Benefits of Ergonomics for Industrial and Corporate Workers” to find out more or speak with a Physical Therapist today to schedule a consultation.

Don’t forget to check out our program “Industrial and Corporate Health and Wellness Program” and improve your work environment, reduce your current pain, and improve your work lifestyle.

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