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Overuse Injuries

Occupational overuse syndrome or OOS is a type of injury common to fingers, hands, wrists and elbows. It is caused by repetitive movements or awkward postures. It is also known as repetitive strain injury or RSI.

Symptoms include swelling, pain and weakness in the affected joints which is caused by vulnerable tendons being overworked and inflamed by repetitious manual tasks.

Rest is usually the best cure and making minor changes to workplace design or work practices can alleviate or prevent the condition.

Common Symptoms

  • Pain
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Swelling
  • Numbness
  • Restricted mobility of the joint

Progressive Debilitation

It is not possible to work through OOS. If symptoms are ignored the discomfort will escalate until the joints, muscles and tendons are painful even at rest.

High Risk Jobs

Any manual task that requires fast and repetitive movements for long periods of time can trigger OOS. Occupations at risk include:

  • Process work – assembly line and packing
  • Manual work – bricklaying and carpentry

Risk Factors

  • Furniture, tools or equipment that don’t conform comfortably to the body
  • Benches or workstations that are too high, low or far from the body
  • Machinery that operates too quickly
  • Workspace design that requires repeated bending, stretching or twisting
  • Repetitive manual tasks

Treatment Options

If you think you are developing OOS symptoms or any form of injury tell your recruitment consultant ASAP. In consultation with your occupational health and safety officer you can devise ways to change and improve work practices and workspace design.

See your doctor for treatment, advice and referral. The best cure for OOS is rest. The more severe the OOS symptoms, the more rest is needed.

If you have any concerns in relation to your safety on at a workplace or your assigned role changes in any way what so ever you must contact your Labour Solutions Australia Recruitment Consultant immediately on 07 33673700