Bursitis: What it is and how it can affect workers

Workers doing forceful and repetitive motions are always at risk of developing injuries. These injuries oftentimes result in lost time at work and decreased productivity, which can ultimately affect a business’ bottom line. One of the many musculoskeletal disorders that can occur in certain lines of work is bursitis, or the inflammation of a bursa.

Bursae are sacks filled with fluid located on your joints. As your joints move, these sacks serve as cushions that cover muscle tissues, skin, and tendons. However, poor workplace ergonomics, repetitive tasks, and prolonged sitting or standing may all result in bursitis. This musculoskeletal condition is characterized by tenderness, swelling, redness, and stiffness of the affected body part.

At WorkSTEPS, we help employers scientifically and objectively evaluate the readiness of employees returning to work after suffering injuries such as bursitis through assessments and examinations that are in full compliance with the law. Call us at (512) 617-4100 today to ensure that your workplace is as safe and productive as it should be.

Prolonged standing at work may cause long-term muscle problems

A small study revealed that standing for a prolonged period of time at work may spell muscle fatigue of the lower limbs, increasing the risk of long-term muscle disorders, according to WebMD on July 28.

The study, which was published in the journal Human Factors, involved 14 men and 12 women of varying ages who were asked to simulate a shift at a manufacturing plant. After five hours of standing while doing light tasks, with occasional five-minute breaks and a one and a half-hour lunch break, researchers found that all the participants were observed to experience significant lower-limb muscle fatigue. This increases someone’s risk of chronic back pain and other long-term musculoskeletal conditions.

Researchers believe that the effects of prolonged standing can be alleviated by work rotations, regular stretching exercises, and a more dynamic workload.

Companies who have implemented the WorkSTEPS program are now starting to see the results they have hoped for. Many employers see a significant decrease in the rate of musculoskeletal injuries and costs associated with them. To learn more about how WorkSTEPS can help you achieve your workplace wellness goals, call us at (512) 617-4100 today.

Fibromyalgia in the workplace

Fibromyalgia is considered the second most common musculoskeletal disorder next to osteoarthritis. This condition is characterized by widespread, sometimes incapacitating pain all over the body. Although individuals with fibromyalgia may still continue to work, modifications may be done to control and manage its symptoms.

Doctors do not yet understand the direct cause of fibromyalgia. However, several risk factors have been determined to increase its risk. Certain genetic mutations, for instance, could make a person more prone to this disease. Post traumatic stress disorder and certain types of infections have also been established as risk factors of this condition.

Scientifically gauging a worker’s capability to work amid existing musculoskeletal conditions such as fibromyalgia is essential to maintaining a safe and productive workplace. With Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE), employers are able to determine the employee’s readiness to take on responsibilities. Speak with our team at WorkSTEPS by calling (512) 617-4100 today to learn more about how FCE can help your business.