If you’ve ever performed a job that required you to repeat the same motion over and over again, then you may not have realized that you could have seriously damaged your muscles and connective tissue in the process. Called repetitive motion injuries, the damage associated with such injuries can take a long time before symptoms present themselves. But in some cases, when symptoms — such as pain or numbness — do present themselves, it may be too late to fully correct the damage.
If you’re like most workers who do manual labor jobs, you probably don’t think too much about the risk of repetitive motion injuries. After all, aren’t employers supposed to take active steps to keep you safe in the workplace? Although this is true, some employers don’t always stay up to date on the most recent ergonomic techniques. More still do not properly train their employees on how to avoid serious work-related injuries.