Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are injuries or pain in the human musculoskeletal system, including the joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons and structures that supports limbs, neck and back.
What Causes / Will Cause Musculoskeletal Disorders?
- Repetitive and/ or heavy lifting.
- Bending and Twisting.
- Repeating an action too frequently.
- Uncomfortable working position.
- Exerting too much force.
- Working too long without a break.
- Adverse working environment (e.g. hot or cold).
- Psychosocial factors (e.g. high job demands, time pressures, and lack of control).
- Not receiving and acting on reports of symptoms quickly enough.
How to help reduce/ prevent musculoskeletal disorders:
- Do regular back exercises and stretches.
- Stay active. Doing regular exercise can help keep your back strong; adults are advised to do 150 minutes of exercise a week.
- Avoid sitting for too long whilst driving or at work.
- Take care when lifting.
- Check your posture when sitting, watching tv and using the computer.
- Ensure the mattress on your bed supports you properly.