Injuries at the workplace are very common and may be debilitating. Workplace injuries often occur because of high-risk jobs, lack of safety devices or training, and repetitive stress. Repetitive stress injuries are the most common types of work-related injuries with several risk factors, including forceful, repetitive, or prolonged exertion of the hands and prolonged, unnatural work postures.
Injuries at the workplace may affect any part of the body, most often the soft tissues of the neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, and fingers. Conditions that can result from work-related musculoskeletal injuries to the upper extremities include joint dislocations, cartilage damage, and stress fractures. Some injuries may damage the nerves, or cause inflammation, loss of muscle control, or loss of sensation. Workplace injuries are diagnosed using X-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans, and magnetic-resonance imaging (MRI) scans.
Your orthopedic surgeon will decide on the best treatment for you. You may be treated with pain medications, therapy, and surgery. Your surgeon may also recommend rehabilitation that includes both physiotherapy and occupational therapy to promote fast, complete healing.
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