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How common are musculoskeletal injuries?

On Behalf of | Jun 25, 2021 | Workers' Compensation |

Musculoskeletal injuries are among the most common workplace injuries in New Jersey. Musculoskeletal injuries are also known as Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WRMSDs). Workers’ compensation programs cover most WRMSDs since they result in repetitive stress. After suffering WRMSDs, the worker’s productivity reduces, and they often might not ever get back to work.

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)

CTS is a form of WRMSD that affects the peripheral nervous system. It involves the compression of the median nerve located at the wrist. CTS results in numbness, joint weakness and a tingling sensation. In the United States, most people who work in the fabricating, operating, sales and administrative support sectors suffer from CTS. Thus, there’s a high number of people missing work due to CTS compared to other non-fatal injuries.

Back injury and back pain

Back injuries and back pain are among the top five reasons workers visit physicians. Most of these cases become severe, requiring workers’ compensation. Operators and precision production are the two occupational groups that lead to back pains. Therefore, you ought to exercise and use engineering or administrative controls to reduce back pain.


Arthritis describes more than 100 rheumatic diseases that affect joints and tissues around connective tissues. Although the symptoms may vary, more Americans continue suffering from arthritis annually. Arthritis can result from working conditions and may limit the productivity of an employee.

Implementing workplace controls

There’s a three-tier strategy designed to reduce the occurrence of WRMSD at the workplace. The strategies include using engineering controls, administrative controls and personal protective equipment. These three tiers must work simultaneously for maximum effectiveness. Workplaces should also embrace ergonomics to reduce stress and eliminate injuries.

Although workplace injuries are common, you may require an attorney. An attorney might help you in getting the ideal compensation.



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