What Are Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD)?
When a muscle, tendon, nerve or joint is stressed and traumatised on a repeated basis for days, months or years, those body tissues eventually become damaged. This leads to a work related musculoskeletal disorder. Work related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD) are sometimes called repetitive strain injuries (RSI), cumulative trauma disorders and overuse injuries. When a MSD develops a worker experiences:
- Swelling, as tissues become irritated
- Stiffness and loss of range of motion of surrounding joints
- Inability to work and function at home
Besides the most common upper extremity disorders, MSD may also affect the low back, knees, ankles and feet.