Occupational Overuse Syndrome
OOS is mainly a collective form of the conditions that occur due to repeated movements of muscles or some particular posture. Thereby, it is quite common in people required to work in prolonged periods of immobility, like using computers at work.
when at work, you could be suffering from OOS with these kind of feature:
Pain and stiffness of a joint
Difficulty in moving the joint
Swelling in the forearm, wrist, shoulder
Discomfort in the neck or shoulders
In the beginning, it is not painful, as the symptoms come and go. Also, discontinuing the task tends to improve the symptoms. But, continuous use can cause severe back and neck pain and make simple tasks like holding a glass of water or opening the door look difficult.
Not just a minor pain!
Although all OOS begin with mild pain, what may appear minor discomfort at the beginning could later lead to:
Tiny muscle tears
Nerve damage due to compression
Abnormal muscle movement
Premature degenerative changes
Are you at risk?
If your job entails too much of the following activities, you are at an increased risk of OOS:
Process work such as assembly line and packing
How can you prevent OOS?
Here are some easy ways to help you avoid OOS:
Take regular stretching and walking breaks every half an hour.
Deep breathe or meditate for 5 minutes to relax.
Watch your posture and remain active.
Utilize all your tea, meal breaks, and eat a nutritious and balanced diet.
Try to take a break from the tasks that involve repetitive movements.