Until half a century ago, traumatic - injuries were the dominant cause of work-related disabling injuries. Since then, with advent of this modern era of constantly advancing world of science, technology & what have you; the very concept of work-related lifestyle has changed, leading to a hazardous phenomenon called `musculoskeletal disorder` [MSD]. It now prevails as the foremost cause of work-related disabling injuries. Each day hundreds of thousands of people all over the globe head off to work with aching backs, painful shoulders or burning wrists. Many are so mowed down by their symptoms that they are unable to work for days, weeks, months and even years. Not only does it cause significant human suffering, but also loss of productivity, increased absenteeism [tens of billions of working days lost], elevated medical expenses and ultimately a tremendous economic burden on the society amounting to hundreds of billions of dollars annually..
Facts about Work - related MSD [WMSD]
- Caused due to repetitive stress injuries [over exertion & over use] of the tendons, muscles, nerves and supporting structures of the upper half of the body - spine & upper extremities.
- More than 100 different WMSDs stem from repetitive motions that produce wear and tear on the body.
- Specific risk factors include repetitive motion, heavy lifting, forceful exertion, contact stress, vibration and awkward posture among others.
- WMSDs include low back pain, tension neck syndrome, cervical spondylitis, tendonitis, hand-arm vibration syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome etc.
- Apart from physical factors and stress, psychosocial work risk factors like time pressure, interruptions, role conflict, and verbal abuse lead to WMSD.
Symptoms of WMSD
Early stage: Aching and tiredness of the affected limb occur during the work shift but disappear at night and during days off work. No reduction of work performance.
Intermediate stage: Aching and tiredness occur early in the work shift and persist at night. Reduced capacity for repetitive work.
Late stage: Aching, fatigue, and weakness persist at rest. Inability to sleep and to perform light duties.
Prevention of WMSD
- Eliminate repetitiveness of the work by proper job design.
- Good workplace layout, tool and equipment design, and proper work practices should be implemented.
- Early diagnosis is very important, since medical treatment is not as effective once these injuries become longstanding, though Homeopathy definitely offers better hope.
- Significant involvement on the part of the workers, their representatives, and management to improve occupational health and safety
The HOMEOPATHIC Prevention
The efficacy of a vast array of Homeopathic medicines for treatment of muscle, tendon or nerve related disorders is legendary [often eliminating the need for surgery, if advised]. As for WMSD, the medicines if taken systematically, would either negate or reduce considerably the impact of the daily strain to the weak or effected part. It would also work to strengthen the other muscles, tendons or nerves which are unaffected! The following suggestion would also work to strengthen the spine & other bone tissues..
CALCAREA FLOURICUM 200 - 3`pills, once every week.
RHUS TOX 30 - daily morning, on rest of the days.
RUTA 30 - daily at bedtime, on rest of the days.
Note: If the trouble is acute, the last two remedies could be repeated 2-4 times a day till proper recovery.