Musculoskeletal disorders occur in a variety of work settings. These disorders often affect nerves and tendons as well as muscles. Body areas that are subject to MSDs include the lower back, the upper extremities and the neck. Much of the focus on workplace injuries usually revolves around catastrophic traumas like amputations or head injuries but MSDs are responsible for a great many lost workdays. Naturally, this has a negative effect on the North Carolina workforce and can trickle down to affect the growth of the state's many industries as well.
Those who have already suffered MSDs in the workplace can usually count on workers' compensation to help them get through the healing process, which often means missing work. Alternatively, a workers' comp attorney can also help victims of MSDs find additional resources to ease them through the rough patches. However, for those who remain uninjured despite the risks of MSDs, prevention is the best medicine.