Common Ergonomics Issues


Common Injuries/Illnesses

The most common types of ergonomic injuries and illnesses are referred to as musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). MSDs can affect muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, joints, or spinal discs. MSDs have been associated with work tasks that include reaching, awkward postures, lifting heavy objects, using continuous force, working with vibrating equipment, and/or performing repetitive motions. 

MSD injuries/illnesses are determined by the part of the body affected. If you suffer an ergonomic injury/illness, your doctor may diagnose one of the following common MSDs:
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Epicondylitis
  • Low back pain
  • Rotator cuff syndrome
  • Tendinitis

Common Signs and Symptoms of an MSD

Employees suffering from MSDs may experience lessened grip strength, decreased range of motion, loss of muscle function, and inability to do everyday tasks.

Common symptoms include:

  • Back or neck pain
  • Burning sensation
  • Pain, tingling or numbness in hands or feet
  • Pain in wrists, shoulders, forearms, or knees
  • Painful joints
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling or inflammation

Common Risk Factors

  • Awkward postures
  • Repetition
  • Duration
  • Force
  • Contact stress
  • Vibration
  • Temperature extremes