Removing Repeated Pressure Injuries In The Office
Recurring Stress Injuries (RSI’s) that happen at work are best eliminated at the source; this is the essential goal of occupational health and wellness.
When it comes to repetitive pressure injuries, the prime source of injury is constant repeated and/or static flexion of the fingers and hands in a unidirectional (one way) movement. (i.e. Mouse usage, typing, writing, gripping work tools, and so on) Other elements, such as used force, fixed body position, and the speed of work needing repeated or long-lasting fixed movements are likewise contributing factors in becoming affected with a disabling recurring stress injury.
For that reason the main effort to secure employees from repetitive pressure such as carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, cubital tunnel syndrome, guyon’s syndrome and other injuries must concentrate on limiting or “neutralizing” repetitive and static flexion activities that need constant overuse of the flexor muscles of the hand and forearm. If left unchecked, repeated or long-lasting static finger and wrist flexion ultimately results in muscle imbalance and the start of one of the many debilitating repeated stress injuries listed above.
Security against repeated stress injuries can be accomplished through the implementation of workplace procedures that include the following:
· Job/task rotation
· Individual-specific ergonomic work stations
· Quick Breaks
· Extending program
· Workout program
Implementing the work environment procedures listed above is exceptionally crucial in preserving structural integrity and muscle balance of the entire upper extremity. (i.e. Fingers, hands, wrists, lower arms, elbows, upper arms, and shoulder.)
If you are beginning to suffer from a repeated pressure injury at work, make sure to consult your company’s employee health director for help in establishing the procedures listed above in order to keep the injury from advancing any even more. Keep in mind – prevention is a lot cheaper than rehab, both physically and financially!