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Shoulder Injury Prevention

Shoulder injuries are associated with postures that place heavy loads on its muscles and tendons.   The shoulder joint is a “ball and socket” joint that allows multi-directional movement. It sacrifices stability for mobility and because of this it’s more susceptible to injury.  Risk factors include poor work practices, pre-existing injuries, and no recognition of early signs and symptoms of injury.

Shoulder injuries can be avoided or reduced by:

  • A good pre-shift stretching program.  This will help increase circulation and elasticity of the muscles and tendons.
  • Educating employees regarding proper lifting techniques to reduce stress on neck and shoulder.
  • Employees should also be trained and motivated to perform specific stretches to counteract tightness and compression in the neck and shoulders.
  • Employees should be encouraged and motivated to adopt good health habits and keep their body fit for work.