Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders

Safety & Health Assessment & Research for Prevention (SHARP) — Research for Safe Work

Musculoskeletal disorders affect the soft tissue of the body, such as the muscles, the tendons that connect muscles to bones, ligaments that connect bone to bone, nerves and blood vessels. These disorders have also been referred to as: cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs), repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) and overuse injuries.

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders affect every community and are the leading type of occupational injury in Washington state. They incur the greatest costs to industry and the workers' compensation system.

SHARP has conducted research on WMSDs since its inception in 1990.

Examples of musculoskeletal disorders include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (the compression of the median nerve in the wrist).
  • Epicondylitis (swelling of the tendon at the elbow).
  • Rotator cuff syndrome (swelling and tearing of the tendons around the shoulder).
  • Sciatic pain (pain radiating from the lower back to below the knee).

The Latest SHARP Research on WMSDs

SHARP's research on work-related musculoskeletal disorders

Other musculoskeletal disorder related resources

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