As a Health Care Professional, you are no stranger to treating Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) from poor ergonomics in the workplace. However, did you know that according to United States Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), MSDs account for 33% of ALL worker’s compensation costs?
Because of this, Osha has been creating a lot of awareness around the impact of poor ergonomics in the workplace and is encouraging enterprises to get educated on ways to improve the ergonomics for their employees.
But Don’t Take Our Word For It…
We pulled this information directly from www.osha.gov:
MSDs affect the muscles, nerves, blood vessels, ligaments and tendons. Workers in many different industries and occupations can be exposed to risk factors at work, such as lifting heavy items, bending, reaching overhead, pushing and pulling heavy loads, working in awkward body postures and performing the same or similar tasks repetitively. Exposure to these known risk factors for MSDs increases a worker’s risk of injury.
Work-related MSDs can be prevented. Ergonomics—fitting a job to a person—helps lessen muscle fatigue, increases productivity and reduces the number and severity of work-related MSDs.
Examples of Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Rotator cuff injuries (affects the shoulder)
- Epicondylitis (affects the elbow)
- Trigger finger
- Muscle strains and low back injuries
Impact of MSDs in the Workplace
- Work related MSDs are among the most frequently reported causes of lost or restricted work time.
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2013, MSD1 cases accounted for 33% of all worker injury and illness cases.
The article continues by helping educate employers on the negative impact poor ergonomics in the workplace will have to their bottom line and ways to make positive changes.
What Does This Mean To You?
While poor ergonomics is an epidemic causing suffering to millions of people, the good news is that chiropractors and other health care professionals have an amazing opportunity to not only be the solution for the millions of people that request worker’s compensation each year due to MSDs, but also in helping businesses get educated on how to prevent these types of injuries in the first place.
Because we value continuous learning in helping our patients, students, and your own success with your practice, we’ve put together an Ergonomics Virtual Summit for you. Learn from the top leading industry experts in the area of Ergonomics and keep the summit for life! You can access it with the link below.