Work Injuries

Repetitive Motion Disorders (RMDs) and The Spine


How RMDs affect the spine

Most repetitive motion injuries, or RMDs, affect the arms and hands. However, they can also happen in the spine. The majority of back injuries, especially in the workplace, are often the result of long-term repetitive wear and tear on the:

  • Muscles
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons
  • Spinal discs

Repetitive work motions like:

  • Pulling
  • Reaching
  • Twisting
  • Bending

All of these movements can weaken and stress the spine and increase the risk of injury.

Treatment for RMDs

When treating an RMD, the first step is to reduce or stop the motions causing the symptoms. Other therapies include:

  • Ice therapy reduces pain and swelling.
  • Medications like cortisone and anti-inflammatory also reduce pain and swelling.
  • Chiropractic/Physical therapy relieves soreness and pain in the muscles and joints and strengthens the muscles to help prevent future injuries.
  • Splints relieve pressure on the muscles and nerves.
  • Surgery in rare cases can help relieve symptoms and prevent permanent damage.


RMDs can be prevented. Here are some important tips to reduceย repetitive motion injury:

  • Take frequent breaks to avoid overuse of muscles with little rest breaks of whatever muscles/ligaments you use.
  • Regular exercise and stretching, and relaxation help build strength, increase mobility and range of motion, and prevent future injury.
  • Look at your posture to ensure it is correct for the task. This helps the elbows, wrists, hands, and spine maintain alignment during repetitive motions.
  • Donโ€™t stay in a single position for too long. Change your posture frequently during any activity to relax one set of muscles and use another set, switch, and so on.
  • Practicing correct form and technique will go a long way in preventing a repetitive injury.
  • Avoid overreaching, stretching, and twisting.
  • Use protective equipment and gear.
  • Have a properly designed workstation with office or work equipment at the proper height distance that allows you to work safely and comfortably.

Staying Healthy

Staying healthy and avoiding RMDs is a priority if you work at a job or regularly participate in activities where repetitive motion/s and movement/s are used.

Give yourself time to rest, exercise, and implement proper techniques. See a doctor or injury chiropractor if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed. Ergonomically evaluating the causes is an important part of the diagnostic evaluation for patients with these conditions.

Therefore, the ultimate goal is to map out a customized treatment plan to change how you work/perform these motions.

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Barring traumatic injury due to an accident, working in a factory environment can cause mobility, pain, and flexibility problems. The nature of the jobย places specific demands on the human body that can lead to certain types of injuries and health conditions, which include:

  • Repetitive motion injury โ€“ When a worker performs the same task involving the same movements repeatedly, it can lead to certain types of injuries. Carpal tunnel is a common repetitive motion injury.
  • Overexertion โ€“ Lifting, pulling, and even standing can take a toll on the body, especially when it is done without adequate breaks. The person can get muscle fatigue, pulled muscles, and pulled tendons.
  • Body movement injuries โ€“ When the worker is continuously reaching, twisting, crawling, and bending, it can cause problems with the muscles and joints.
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