Sprains and strains are common injuries for employees across industry lines. Sprains result from stretches or tears to a ligament (tissue that connects multiple bones at a joint), while strains are caused by stretches or tears to a muscle or tendon (tissue that connects muscle to bone).
Both sprains and strains can happen suddenly or over an extended period of time (e.g., days, weeks or even months). The likelihood of an employee like you experiencing a sprain or strain injury largely depends on the nature of your workplace tasks and responsibilities.
Specifically, tasks that require excessive force, frequent repetition or awkward positioning can elevate your risk of experiencing a sprain or strain injury on the job. What’s more, ignoring a sprain or strain injury can lead to it worsening into a long-lasting, painful problem.
Nevertheless, there are several precautions that you can take to help lower your risk of experiencing a sprain or strain injury at work. Consider the following guidance:
If you are experiencing any symptoms of a sprain or strain injury, make sure you inform your supervisor and talk to a doctor.
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