Identifying Symptoms of Musculoskeletal Disorders

Without proper medical awareness, Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) signs and symptoms may go unnoticed and un-addressed. What starts as minor discomfort continues to be aggravated or re-injured and, unless addressed properly, can result in serious or even permanent injury.

For example, users who do not understand the risk of bad body postures or techniques do not have the knowledge to actively participate in their own protection. It is important to report signs and symptoms as early as possible to prevent serious injury or permanent damage. Those at risk for MSDs may experience some of the following signs or symptoms:

  • Numbness or a burning sensation in the hand
  • Reduced grip strength in the hand
  • Swelling or stiffness in the joints
  • Pain in wrists, forearms, elbows, neck, or back
  • Reduced range of motion in the shoulder, neck, or back
  • Dry, itchy, or sore eyes
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Aching or tingling
  • Cramping
  • Weakness
  • Pain that wakes you up at night
  • Clumsiness or loss of strength and coordination in your hand
  • Feeling a need to massage your hands, wrists and arms

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