Shoulder injuries are one of the most common work-related injuries people receive in Pennsylvania. The most common types of shoulder injuries are rotator cuff tears, shoulder impingement syndrome, shoulder instability, and shoulder sprains.
Workers most likely to receive shoulder injuries are those that work with their arms and do a lot of lifting and moving around. Below are a few tips you and your coworkers can use to avoid receiving a shoulder injury.
Use Proper Lifting Technique
One of the most important ways to avoid receiving a work-related shoulder injury is to use proper lifting technique. Keep your feet shoulder width apart, squat, and maintain good posture. Lift slowly, use your feet, and lead with your hips. Proper technique also includes not lifting anything that is too heavy. Never be afraid to ask for help if something is too heavy.
Take Plenty of Breaks
It’s important that you take plenty of breaks. This is especially true if you are frequently repeating a particular motion, which can lead to a repetitive strain injury. It’s recommended that you take a short 10-15 minute walk and/or do a few simple stretches every hour.
Sit With Proper Posture
Shoulder injuries are not confined the people with labor jobs. They can also occur in an office environment. In fact, it is estimated that, in 2013, over 45,000 people in the Harrisburg-Carlisle area worked in an office environment. The best way to avoid a shoulder injury while working a desk job is to use proper ergonomics. Don’t slouch, keep your shoulders relaxed, and keep the head level.
If you live in the Harrisburg, Pottsville, or Allentown area and have received a work-related shoulder injury, contact PaWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 for a FREE consultation. DO NOT miss out on the benefits you are entitled to.