Special ReportThe Cost of Repetitive Strain Injuries
Special Report – The Cost of Repetitive Strain Injuries
The Cost of Repetitive Strain Injuries
According to the U.S. Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in addition to spending $20 billion annually on workers’ compensation costs due to Repetitive Strain Injuries, the U.S. spends another $100 billion on lost productivity, employee turnover, and other indirect expenses.
The exact cause of these injuries is simple — we are expecting the same muscle groups to be used repeatedly with no solution for fatigue management. The benefits of gradient compression over the arms can include increased flow of blood & lymphatic fluid, supports ligaments, reduces muscle fatigue, reduces muscle pull on tendons – tendonitis, and improves coordinated hand movements.
Occupational use of compression can help reduce repetitive strain injuries including:
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Prolonged sitting places more stress on the spine, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cardiovascular system than any other position, or body posture. To date our preventative focus has been with ergonomic seating and most recently sit-to-stand solutions. Although somewhat beneficial these solutions do not address the occupational demands and underlying physiological responses.
Standing at work for prolonged periods is an occupational hazard directly linked to both musculoskeletal injuries and chronic health conditions. Studies consistently report evidence of leg/foot & lower back pain, increased fatigue, and leg swelling associated with occupations with constant standing. Not surprisingly repeated exposure to this physical demand without intervention is costing employers an estimated 2 million lost workdays per year and incurs healthcare spending at an estimated at 3 billion per year.
The physicality of WORK is often compared to that of SPORTS. This is so much the case that more and more we hear the label “industrial athlete” being used by many corporate injury prevention & wellness programs. But what are the physical similarities between sports & work? And what are the differences when considering how to improve work performance?
Gradient Compression garments worn over the extremities, i.e. foot to calf & wrist to forearm, deliver a controlled amount of pressure to the underlying musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and lymphatics systems.
Venous Insufficiency is the flow of blood through the veins is inadequate and the blood begins to pool in the legs. Over time this problem can and typically will become a diagnosis known as Chronic Venous Insufficiency. Venous Insufficiency directly affects the lymphatic system. Chronic Venous Insufficiency is an advance stage of Venous Insufficiency.