Ergonomic considerations for a patient presenting with a work-related musculoskeletal disorder: a case report

Boudreau, Luke A.; Wright, Geoff
March 2003
Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association;Mar2003, Vol. 47 Issue 1, p33
Academic Journal
Primary contact health care practitioners can play an important role in work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs) by recognizing and addressing occupational health issues. It is important to recognize ergonomics as a possible factor in patient health and recovery. A case is presented of a 36-year-old male suffering from neck and trapezius pain. Ergonomic factors at his workstation were identified as a possible contributor to his musculoskeletal disorder. Conservative care and ergonomic changes to his workstation produced positive results leading to a full recovery. Practitioners should not ignore the possibility that the workplace may be a contributing factor in patients presenting with musculoskeletal complaints. A thorough patient history is the key to determining if musculoskeletal disorders are work-related.


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