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Musculoskeletal Conditions Contribute Heavily to Disability

by Jose G. “Joey” Gonzalez, Jr. on 12/26/2012

Workers in jobs that require continuous and monotonous operations may suffer from a specific category of injuries called repetitive stress injuries.  These injuries can cause musculoskeletal conditions like back pain, chronic arthritis and other conditions that increase the risk of disability.  According to a new study, musculoskeletal conditions are the second greatest cause of disability across the world.

The study was published recently in The Lancet journal, and found that back pain was the biggest cause of disability across the world, while the incidence of osteoarthritis has also been increasing.  According to the study, musculoskeletal conditions like back pain and arthritis affect as many as 1.7 billion people across the world. 

However, as San Antonio workplace injury lawyers often see, these conditions are not given the importance they deserve, and as a result, their diagnosis and treatment often get delayed.  When persons do not have access to the right kind of diagnosis of the musculoskeletal condition, they do not get adequate treatment, and their ability to lead a productive life drops significantly.

Workers who work in certain types of industries that require them to stand for long periods of time, hold their hands above their heads, twist their bodies or use their wrists, elbows and hands for long periods of time without a break, may be at a higher risk for repetitive stress injuries that can contribute to these musculoskeletal conditions.

When these conditions become extremely painful or chronic, the worker may no longer be able to go back to work, affecting his income.  Workers who suffer from arthritis, chronic back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive stress injuries, may also be eligible for compensation.

Tags: Workplace Injury, Workers Compensation

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