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Strains, sprains, stress and other injuries in the workplace

Injuries and illnesses are something everyone faces at one point or another, but some people are more likely to get sick than others. For instance, if you work in a high-stress environment, it's possible you could fall ill more easily from stress, anxiety, depression or other illnesses related to your work.

There are many workplace injuries and illnesses that you can be exposed to on the job, some mental and others physical. Sprains, strains and tears are typical when you work performing the same actions over and over again, and they can happen if you slip, trip or fall. Overexertion is a major cause of these injuries. Around 36 percent of strains, sprains and tears happen to the backs of workers. That means they may struggle picking up items, lifting even the lightest of objects, bending over or performing other activities.

It takes an average of 21 days of healing for a back injury to recover enough for a person to go back to work. Fortunately, changes in the way workers perform their jobs can reduce the number of injuries to the back, and fewer back injuries have been noted in the years following the 2010 report. In 2010, the report stated that 46.9 out of 10,000 were injured with strains, sprains and tears.

Musculoskeletal disorders can also result from overexertion. These injuries make up 34.3 percent of all the injuries out of 10,000 suffered on the job. Rotator cuff injuries are common, as are complaints of carpal tunnel. These kinds of injuries have increased over time, especially with those who life heavy objects or work with patients.

Source: Online College, "10 Most Common Occupational Illnesses in the U.S.," accessed Jan. 25, 2016

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