ALERT Learn More | NASP Certification Program: The Path to Success Has Many Routes. Choose Yours

Musculoskeletal Injuries

Last updated: December 15, 2019

What Does Musculoskeletal Injuries Mean?

Musculoskeletal injuries result from the damage of muscular or skeletal systems, which usually occur due to a strenuous and/or repetitive activity. They are among the most common work-related injuries.

They include a number of disorders involving muscles, bones, tendons, blood vessels, nerves, and other soft tissues. Commonly referred to as repetitive strain injury (RSI), some examples of musculoskeletal disorders include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, tenosynovitis, and bursitis. Treatments vary and can produce different results. Physical or occupational therapy is sometimes used to help injured workers return to work quickly and safely with learned skills to avoid re-injury.

Safeopedia Explains Musculoskeletal Injuries

The traumatic injuries of the muscles, tendons, and nerves are usually a result of accidents or repetitive, straining activities. Work activities that are frequent and repetitive, or activities that require workers to adopt an awkward posture, are the most common cause of musculoskeletal injuries, which may be painful during work or at rest.

Common movements, such as bending, straightening, gripping, holding, twisting, clenching, and reaching are hazardous in work situations as their continual repetition, often in a forceful manner, is associated with the development of musculoskeletal injuries.


Share this Term

  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter

Related Reading


Employee HealthErgonomicsEHS Programs

Trending Articles

Go back to top