Ergonomics are important. Many people may have a general idea of what the word means, but the details of ergonomics are less well known. In the simplest of terms, ergonomics is the practice of adapting jobs and job duties to a person's body, rather than the other way around, to prevent musculoskeletal disorders. Equipment and tools, as well as special training, can be classified as ergonomics.
Musculoskeletal disorders affect muscles, ligaments, nerves, and other connective tissues in the body. The most common examples are carpel tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, and back injuries. All musculoskeletal disorders have different causes and manifestations. Ergonomics typically focuses on preventing workplace injuries, but musculoskeletal disorders can occur in any setting. Heavy lifting and repetitive movements are the most common causes of musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace. Ergonomic modifications to workplace processes can prevent these disorders.
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