Sitting downat work or standing on your feet for long periods of time and performing repetitive motions can all be harmful to your health. Employees are subjected to crampscaused by uncomfortable chairsandjobs that require them to physically do something over and over again. Stress, chronic pain and other general health problems are also factors that can cause work-related musculoskeletal disorders or hinder recovery.
MusculoSkeletal Disorder is acollective term for a range of conditions characterised by discomfort or persistent pain in muscles, nerves, joints, spinal discsand other soft tissues with or without visible symptoms.
Examples of MSDs areorthopaedic conditions that interrupt the process ofworke.g : cervical syndrome, tendinitis, low back pain, De Quervain, Carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, bursitis, etc.
The Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health reportedthat the direct costs due to lost-time caused by MSD between 1996-2003 to beabout $3 billion.
Across 25 European countries, MSDs account for nearly half (49%) of all absences from work and 60% of permanent work in capacitation.
An employee withwork-related MSD is less productive, even if the employee is not absent. Early detection of work-related MSD is important so as to limit its influence to the employee and the company. The best prevention for employees is to be educated and to understand the basics of how to avoid MSD.
What can Physiotherapy and Occupational therapy do for your company?
Physiotherapy is a health careprofession primarily concerned with the remediation of impairments and disabilities and the promotion of mobility, functional ability, quality of life and movement potential through examination, evaluation, diagnosis and physical intervention. Physiotherapist has strong knowledge about body movement, anatomy, physiology.
Occupational therapy practitioners are trained in the structure and function of the human body and the effects of illness and injury. They also can determine how the components of the workplace can facilitate a healthy and efficient environment or conversely can cause injury or illness. An occupational therapist can help employers identify hazards that may contribute to on-the-job injury, and determine how it can be eliminated.
The Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist are two professions that cooperate in preventing and treating work-related musculoskeletal disorders.
In occupational health we focus on designing a person's environment so that it facilitates the highest level of function that fits the capabilities of a worker.
Good ergonomics prevent injury and promote health, safety, and comfort for employees.
Eastwest Occupational Health Services for includes:
Identify and eliminateaccident and injury risk factors in the workplace, such as actions associated with repetition, forced, fixed or awkward postures, poorly designed tool handles, distance problem, poor lighting, and psychosocial and other occupational stresses.
These are done by way of:
2.Secondary Prevention or Treatment of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders
The Physiotherapist will start with a postural check and a musculoskeletal symptom and work history Questionnaire. If there is injury identified, treatment will be given at the East West Center or referral to physicians will be issued whenever necessary. If the cause of the problem needs to be determined a risk assessment, a work posture observation and / or a work environment check needs to be done.
4.Support with Return to Work Programs
When an employee has a work related MSD and a problem performing, Eastwest can help with a return to work program. The physiotherapist and occupational therapist can create a customized plan on how to ease back to work.