MSD Signs and Symptoms

It is essential that employees learn how to not only recognize the signs and symptoms of MSDs, but also how to prevent them. It is equally important that employees know how to avoid and/or what to do should these maladies occur. Symptoms are early warning signs of a potential injury. It is equally important that supervisors know what to do when these signs and symptoms are reported. With the development of an “open reporting” environment, one where the communication of challenges is truly welcomed (no matter what the circumstances), and where blame is never assigned, creates the atmosphere where symptoms (and potential solutions) are brought to light. In this way, early intervention and effective countermeasures are then possible. This becomes a true Culture of Prevention.

Supervisors and group leaders must be adequately trained in order to learn how to immediately recognize risk; they also need to understand the application of controls and appropriate countermeasures. Leadership MSD Education and Training is critical in order to help build their confidence and hone their skills. To help your employees listen more attentively to their supervisors and then to actually follow their advice and trust in the process, a structured process must unfold over time. Like most things, trust is the key. Our specialized training, teaches risk-recognition and response techniques to all personnel. Our system ensures wide-spread engagement and builds a protective screen instead of a safety net. Prevention, not treatment is the answer!

Every employee should be applying their own countermeasures, all day long. SAFE stretching and flexibility, along with core exercises where possible, go a long way with helping employees to recognize their own symptoms and then how to prevent them from occurring in the first place. Our stretching and flexibility programs have been a huge success for over 25 years!

The most common early warning signs and symptoms of Musculoskeletal Disorders are:

  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Burning Sensations
  • Weakness
  • Swelling
  • Soreness
  • Stiffness
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Pain
  • Reduced Range of Motion
  • Aches
  • Cramping

These symptoms might not necessarily lead to a Musculoskeletal Disorder, however, if an employee experiences any of the above symptoms, Accurate Ergonomics recommends that an evaluation of the employee, their working positions, and the postures required to perform their tasks, along with their unique equipment, tools and workstations, be a priority. In a true Culture of Prevention, employees feel free to communicate their challenges because they know their employer cares, listens, and is ready to help. Our office worker, Ergonomics and MSD Education and Training classes are a great way for at-desk workers to learn (what they must know) for postural success. Again, it is what your employees do when they are alone, that counts! Following an Accurate Ergonomics class, our specialist is then available to visit with each employee individually to help transfer this new knowledge into action at their respective work environment. This is also a great time to initiate a group stretching agreement, just ask us how. Manual material handler evaluations and interventions are performed in the field, wherever work is performed.

Want your employees to be able to recognize and then respond immediately to MSD early warning signs and symptoms? Our specialists are available to provide excellent training, as well as basic and/or detailed ergonomic assessments. These may be job or task related and applied to: office/at-desk workers, manual material handlers or frankly, anyone with a spine. Basic evaluations are for non-symptomatic employees, detailed assessments are for symptomatic employees and/or for those who have been previously injured, or are returning to work from injury. Or better yet, assessments are for employees who ask for one, simply to be preventative for themselves!

We train your employees in the art of recognizing risk and acting upon it.

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