Avoiding Overexertion

September 18, 2012 at 9:50 pm Leave a comment

Overexertion is the third leading cause of unintentional injuries in the United States, accounting for about 3.2 million emergency room visits. One of the main causes of overexertion is poor ergonomics design. Ergonomics involves designing the work environment to fit the person, but it is important to consider it at home as well.

Common types of injuries associated with poor ergonomic design include strains, sprains, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, tennis elbow, chronic back pain and trigger finger. These conditions can occur from work activities such as working on an assembly line, using heavy equipment or typing on a computer. However, they also can happen at home from activities like playing video games, helping someone move, home repair projects, or even sewing.

You can have the best outcome when ergonomic conditions are caught early.

Some of the signs to watch for include:

  • Pain or tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Numbness, tingling, clicking
  • Loss of grip strength

If you experience any of these symptoms, see your physician as soon as possible to determine the cause.

Source: National Safety Council

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