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Different Types of Work-Related Pain

“That’s the thing about pain, it demands to be felt” – John Green

Errrrrr….yeah but not the kind of pain that prevents you from doing your daily work. Although, it demands to be felt, you shouldn’t let it hold you hostage and prevent you from doing what you ought and love to do.

Before I start sounding motivational, I’ll stop right there and get to the main business.

What is Work-related Pain? It is most times called work related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) because it is mostly caused by our activities at work. WMSDs is a generic name for a group of disorders of the nerve, muscles and tendons.

It is not just the nature of your movement or posture that causes WMSDs. It is the cumulative effect of repeatedly assuming the wrong posture or performing these movements overtime that results in these disorders. For instance, typing for long periods can put you at risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.

typing for long periods can put you at risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.

The thing about work-related pain is it can affect your productivity significantly. The common symptom of WMSDs is pain, but it can sometimes come with other symptoms like swelling, joint stiffness, muscle tightness, or “pins and needles”. In some cases, the pain can go away with time while in other cases the pain progresses with time.

Types of Work-Related Pain

Now, let’s talk about the different type of WMSDs.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: This happens when one of the nerves in the wrist is compressed as a result of frequent bending of the wrist. People who work in construction, type on the keyboard often or work in factory that require repetitive wrist movements are at risk of CTS. It is characterized by weakness of the hand, numbness and pain on the wrist, thumb and first three fingers.

Pain in the Neck and Upper Back: This type of pain is common among people who work jobs where they have to put their arms up in an extended position for a long time. Doing this repeatedly causes a strain in the muscles, or tendons in the neck and upper back.

Shoulder Bursitis: The bursa is the lining of the shoulder joint while bursitis means the inflammation of the bursa. This type of condition is common among people who use their shoulder repeatedly. For instance, painter, golfers. The major indication is pain or stiffness in the shoulder Sometimes, this pain increases while you are trying to wear a shirt or perhaps a sweater. 

Rotator Cuff Tendinitis: The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint. Repetitive movement of the shoulder especially twisting can cause swelling and pain in the shoulder. It is common among basketballers   

Tennis Elbow: One of the first indication of the tennis elbow is pain and tenderness outside the elbow It is common among tennis players, hence the name.

Thumb tendinitis or DeQuervain’s disease: A cool name for this disease is texting thumb, and it is caused by repeated movement of the thumb. The pain is usually outside the wrist and increases when you try to grip or rotate the wrist.

Back Pain: I emphasized more on this here. This type of pain is common among people who sit at the desk all day. It can either be at the upper, middle or low back.

These kinds of pain can cause a decrease in work productivity. Nobody works efficiently with pain except you are superman. This is why it is important to consult a professional if you are experiencing any pain.

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My name is Mabel. I am an Occupational therapist, who enjoys creating engaging contents. I love partying, eating, travelling and reading. And Oh, I am always available to talk business. Contact me!

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