Joint Venture Physiotherapy treats many Thornhill and GTA residents who suffer from injuries that occur at the workplace. It is important to be aware of and understand the proper regulations and practices that will ensure you are safe and healthy at work.
The most common injuries that occur in the workplace are: sprains and strains (most likely of the back), headaches, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Back pain at work can occur from both too much standing and too much sitting. Lifting objects incorrectly can cause serious damage while prolonged sitting can lead to poor posture.
Although many headaches can be associated with stress, there are environmental and ergonomic factors that can lead to severe headaches in workers such as improper lighting, eyestrain from computer screens, poor air quality and loud noises.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is usually caused from repetitive activities that overwork the muscles in the hand, wrist and forearm and can lead to surgical correction.
Be aware of the environment in which you work in order to prevent unnecessary health risks. Assess any obvious hazards, tools and chair designs, standing and sitting posture as well as continuous bending and lifting and understand your rights to a healthy work environment.