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Top 5 workplace injuries to look out for in Illinois

If you are like most people in Illinois, you spend the majority of your day at work and do not think about potential workplace hazards. But unfortunately, workplace injuries are all too common, and some of the most common ones include back injuries, neck injuries, repetitive movement injuries, sprains and fractures.

Back injuries

Back injuries are some of the most common workplace injuries, and they can occur from lifting heavy objects to sitting in an uncomfortable position for long periods. Symptoms of a back injury if you experience pain, stiffness or numbness in your back. Prevent some injury by using ergonomic chairs, moving frequently and using proper lifting techniques.

Neck injuries

Neck injuries can also be caused by lifting heavy objects or sitting in an uncomfortable position, and they can be just as painful as back injuries. Symptoms include pain, stiffness or numbness in your neck and you may have headaches.

Repetitive stress injuries

Repetitive stress injuries include injuries received from repetitive motions, such as typing or using a mouse. These injuries can be excruciating and lead to permanent damage if not treated properly. Symptoms include pain, tenderness, soreness, stiffness, numbness or tingling in the body in locations used repeatedly, like shoulders, hands, knees and neck.

Sprains and strains

Lifting heavy objects is one of the most common causes of sprains and strains. These injuries can be excruciating and may require physical therapy to heal properly. In addition, you may experience pain, swelling, bruising or muscle weakness in the affected area. Sprains and strains can sometimes lead to more severe injuries, such as torn ligaments or muscles.

Fractures

Fractures can occur from falls, car accidents or other trauma. They can be very painful and can require surgery to heal correctly. In addition, you may experience pain, swelling, bruising or muscle weakness in the affected area. Severe fractures may break through the skin and require immediate medical attention.

If you suffer from common workplace injuries, it is essential to seek medical attention as soon as possible. If you wait too long, the injury could worsen and lead to permanent damage.