Though some jobs are clearly more dangerous and likely to expose you to injury than others, you can get hurt doing just about anything. There are some common maladies that arise in the workplace, and ways that you can minimize the risk of injury.
- Back pain—This is the most common medical complaint in the workplace. Youcan experienced back discomfort in almost any occupation, whether you do alot of lifting, stand at a machine or cash register all day or sit behind a desk. Some of the ways to minimize risk include 1) the maintenance of good posture at all times, 2)bending at the knees and ankles when you lift (not at the waist), getting up and moving every half hour or so, or getting an adjustable desk.
- Hand and wrist injuries—There are few jobs where you don’t use your hands or wrists to a significant degree, making you susceptible to carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis. Make certain any workstation is ergonomicallyoptimal. Take breaks on a regular basis. Check with your doctor to see if you should wear a brace or other device.
- Lower body swelling or pain—This is most common with people who don’t move very much during a work shift. Bodily fluids will move by gravity to collect in the legs, feet and ankles. Changing your position on a regular basis can help significantly. You may also be able to do some simple exercises to alleviate suffering.
- Stress-related pain—Often, your discomfort won’t be tied to a specific injury or motion, but will stem from stress—production requirements, deadlines, difficult relationships with co-workers or supervisors. Stress can be the cause of many medical conditions, including stomach aches, headaches and fatigue. Studies show that one in every three workers in America experiences some level of stress on the job. Identify activities where you can let go of the stress—music, exercise, etc.—and make certain you take time every day to relieve tension and anxiety.