Most employers prioritize making their workplace as safe as possible. However, injuries can happen, and many work-related injuries are caused by overexertion. In fact, it is one of the most common reasons for missed days at work, costing businesses billions of dollars yearly.
To avoid sustaining an overexertion injury at work, use this article as your guide.
Certain movements and activities can cause overextension. These include using excessive force to perform a task, lifting heavy objects, sitting or standing for long hours, performing unnatural movements, being exposed to vibrations from heavy machinery, and working under extreme weather conditions.
A sudden movement or performing repetitive movements over long periods can cause overexertion injuries. Some of their most common examples are back injuries, repetitive stress injuries, soft-tissue injuries, heatstroke, and dehydration. Structural injuries can range from a slipped disc or cracked vertebrae, carpal tunnel syndrome, and stress fractures to tendons, muscle, and ligament injuries.
Two or more overexertion injuries can occur at the same time, and dry needle treatment can help you manage the symptoms and promote recovery. This technique involves inserting a dry needle through the skin into your trigger points or areas of your muscles that cause pain to other parts of your body.
Overexertion injuries are common in various industries, such as manufacturing, construction, transportation and warehousing, professional and business services, retail trade, education and health services, government, and wholesale trade.
Workers who do labor work, lift heavy objects, or operate heavy machinery are more likely to suffer from these injuries. However, employees are at risk of getting them regardless of their work environment if their employers fail to protect their health and well-being.
You must be mindful and aware of how you’re performing tasks so you can find ways to do them efficiently. To minimize your risk of suffering from overexertion injuries, avoid sitting or standing for long periods, and make time to move and stretch your fatigued muscles frequently. Make sure to rest when you need to and stay hydrated, especially when you feel hot or tired.
If you are operating heavy machinery, use safe lifting techniques, and maintain proper posture throughout the lift. Don't hesitate to ask for help if an object is too heavy or large for you to lift on your own. If you’re already suffering from persistent pain, listen to your body. Avoid performing tasks that contribute to chronic pain, perform corrective exercises, and seek dry needle treatment from experienced and reliable professionals like us.
Regardless of your industry, overexertion injuries can occur, but you can reduce your chances of suffering from them by keeping in mind the tips mentioned in this guide. By taking good care of your body and getting the necessary treatment you need from a reputable chiropractor, you can be more productive, have a fruitful career, and enjoy an improved quality of life.
Ease your pain and recover faster by heading to see Dr. Chanatry. Our office specializes in dry needle treatment, a method that inserts needles directly into your muscle knots. Book an appointment today!