Workplace injuries can happen to anyone in any position. Whether you sit at a desk and write for most of the day or you are working out in the field, there are risks that you face while on the job.
Many people don’t realize that there can be some minor signs that you are injured that could build up over time. Recognizing the early signs of an injury may help you seek treatment long before that injury turns into a chronic or acute condition.
A few common but often unexpected types of injuries include repetitive motion injuries, overexertion injuries and workplace stress-related injuries.
Repetitive motion injuries
Signs of repetitive motion injuries may include:
- Aching in the hands
- Trouble with vision
- Chronic back pain
- Muscle strain
- General soreness
- Trouble lifting your arms above your head
These kinds of symptoms may be a sign that repetitive movements have caused physical dysfunctions.
Overexertion injuries on the job
Overexertion injuries are usually obvious, but you may not notice if you’re only becoming fatigued or feel like you’re just taking longer to recover than usual. Overexertion injuries can lead to chronic pain and other health issues, so it’s important to get checked out by a medical provider if you aren’t feeling like yourself after long hours on the job.
Workplace stress-related injuries
Finally, workplace stress-related injuries are also common but often overlooked. Workplace stress, like anxiety about the job or about your role, can weigh you down psychologically. Unfortunately, prolonged job stress may cause anxiety, depression and other health conditions. If you’re not feeling good psychologically, then tell your employer. You should be able to seek workers’ compensation to cover therapy or other psychological supports. Changes in your job may also help you cope better by changing or reducing your workload.
These are three unexpected kinds of injuries that people face at work. If you are suffering physically or psychologically, it is important for you to seek medical care. Getting the right care early can help you get back on track and help you avoid more serious injuries to your physical or mental health in the future.