Overexertion causes 35% of all work-related injuries and is, by far, the largest contributor to workers' compensation costs – more than $15 billion, or 25% of the total cost in 2012, according to Injury Facts 2016®. It also is the #1 reason for lost work days. More than 322,00 people missed work that year due to overexertion.
Overexertion can be Prevented
Regular exercise, stretching and strength training to maintain a strong core all are beneficial in preventing injury. Following are some additional tips for work and home:
Plan a lift before you begin, keep your back straight and lift with your legs
Limit the amount of time you spend doing the same motion over and over
Take frequent breaks from any sustained position every 20-30 minutes
If you work at a desk , move frequently used items close to you, use a footrest and adjust the height of your computer
Report pain, swelling, numbness, tingling, tenderness, clicking or loss of strength to your doctor before it becomes a full-blown injury
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