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It may not be the work but the way you work that usually causes pain at work.
Do you find yourself often talking to colleagues about that dreadful pain? If you experience pain affecting the back, hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders or neck often accompanied by a lack of motivation to go to work, it could be because of pain after a hard day of work.
Be alert! Identify the signals of pain at work
Note if you are suffering from severe pain or have had significant previous pain episodes. If you feel like missing work or avoiding that very important meeting, it could be a sign of pain related distress. Another warning signal of work related pain could be the lack of confidence in performing work activities, especially heavy work.
This is often experienced if you work this way:
Individuals performing office work (including typing and clerical functions) or process work (assembly line and packing work) may be ‘at risk’ for work related pain.
Joint stiffness, muscle tightness, redness and swelling of the affected body area may accompany pain. Early recognition of these symptoms may aid a quicker recovery.
Numbness, discomfort or tingling sensations may accompany workplace-related pain.
Some simple changes that you can incorporate into your work routine or workplace design:
You can have a happier, healthier and more productive work life if you understand how you can prevent and manage pain at the workplace.