Musculoskeletal Disorders (or MSD) at work is an umbrella term for a number of injuries and disorders of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, bone and nerves. Many body areas can be affected. The low back is the most commonly affected, followed by the shoulders, neck, elbow, hands and wrists. Other terms with the same meaning as MSD include:
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
Cumulative Trauma Disorder (CTD)
Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorder (WMSD)
Musculoskeletal Injury (MSK or, MSI), and/or
Occupational Overuse Syndrome (OOS)
Symptoms of MSD can be different, depending on the specific MSD, but can include:
Pain with or without restriction in movement
Swelling and tenderness
Reduced range of motion and/or stiffness, and
Tingling and/or numbness
Workers should talk with their supervisor, manager or business owner about their pain at work and the possible causes. Pain that doesn’t disappear before the start of work the next day or continues over a weekend or results in an even longer break from work, should lead workers to speak up immediately.
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