4 Ways to Prevent Repetitive Motion Injuries

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Prevention is always the best solution to a problem, especially when it comes to repetitive motion injuries. The focus for prevention should be on the hands, wrists and elbows, since these areas are most vulnerable to these types of injuries.

Again the best way to avoid a repetitive motion injury before it becomes a worker’s compensation issue is to prevent it by taking action as soon as you perceive the signs of a problem. Here are a few ideas on how to prevent these injuries:

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Take Regular Breaks

One of the most common causes of repetitive motion injuries is failing to take regular breaks to give your heavily your tired limbs and joints a break from the constant pressure. Periodic scheduled breaks to give them a rest is a simple way to avoid a repetitive motion injury.

Use Ergonomic Equipment

Especially if you work with computers, a workstation and office chair that is adjustable for ergonomics is essential for this type of work. You can also purchase non-standard keyboards and mice that put less of a strain on your hands and wrists. Adjustable desks and chairs are also critical to preventing eyestrain and muscle cramps.

Switch Up Tasks

After working at one particular task for a while, around 30 minutes or so, switch to another completely different task. If you sit at a desk, do another task that involves getting up and going somewhere else. If it is a repetitive construction industry related or assembly line task, switch to a different task or go to another work station.

Perform Regular Stretches and Exercises

Be sure to regularly stand up and stretch, flex your fingers and wrists, and loosen up your back. Regular exercise outside of work can also be very helpful, especially exercises that emphasize stretching–such as yoga– and building strength–such as Pilates.

These are just a few tips on how to prevent repetitive motion injuries. There are many other tips and tricks to help prevent it before it becomes serious enough of an issue to require worker compensation benefits due to medical bills and missed work.

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