Worksite Ergonomics and Physical Therapy

Do you feel that you are getting the most out of your daily work experience? Do you leave the worksite at the end of the day feeling satisfied because you were able to commit all of yourself, both physically and mentally, to reaching your goals without feeling overworked? If so, you can thank your worksite for being designed with the principles of worksite ergonomics in mind.

Ergonomics is, put most simply, the scientific study of human work. Bringing the eye for analytical observation into the worksite is important because it allows the jobs done within it to become tailored to the individual worker’s physical and mental capabilities, thus insuring that each worker completes his or her daily workload in the most efficient possible manner while experiencing the minimal amount of frustration.

But the principles of worksite ergonomics are not only implemented as a way of making sure that workers don’t embarrass the company by throwing temper tantrums in the middle of the office instead of completing their tasks. They are also implemented to protect the physical well-beings of the workers.

A worksite that has been ergonomically designed is one that values the safety of its occupants above all else. Designing work that is specially tailored to a worker’s physical and mental capabilities can protect them from several work-related injuries that, if not treated properly from the start, could evolve into serious musculoskeletal disorders. Common musculoskeletal disorders that result from unsafe office work include: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tendinitis, rotator cuff injuries, and muscle strains. Certain risk factors that should be kept in mind when designing a worksite to be as ergonomically sound and safe as possible include: the lifting and carrying of heavy loads on a regular basis, bending down or reaching up constantly, and working in uncomfortable body positions for long periods of time.

If you have recently suffered from any of the injuries described above while on the job, we recommend that you take steps towards redesigning your worksite with the help of ergonomics, and then come to visit us at either of our Madison Physical Therapy locations for treatment.