Tendinitis is an injury caused by repetitive motion and overuse that can lead to prolonged pain and disability. The condition is characterized by inflammation of the tendons and can most commonly occur in the elbow, wrist, and shoulder, though any joint may be affected. Decreasing the intensity and frequency of the motion can help alleviate the condition, but often times this alone is not enough. As such, providing ergonomic solutions and job modifications can help reduce the pain of sufferers of tendinitis in the workplace.
Ergonomic solutions for tendinitis focus on changing equipment and the workspace to reduce the strain on the body. For example, adjusting the height of desks or using adjustable chairs can help ensure that the body is in the most neutral position, reducing the strain on the joints. Additionally, changing the angle of keyboards, offering wrist supports to type on, and using better posture can help while doing computer-related work. Finally, tools and other materials should be stored properly, allowing the sufferer of tendinitis to perform the necessary tasks at the right height and with the right tools.
Job modifications can also be useful in helping to reduce the strain on affected tendons. These modifications may include changes in workload to decrease the repetition of tasks, processes to reduce the force of the movement, or tools that are lighter and easier to use. Additionally, frequent rest breaks can help ensure that work is done in an efficient, yet healthy, manner. Other job modifications may include assigning new tasks or adjusting hours to ensure that there is time for the tendons to rest outside of the workplace.
Tendinitis can cause significant disruption in the life of the sufferer, and it is important to provide ergonomic solutions and job modifications in the workplace to help ensure comfort and reduce the risk of further injury. By creating an environment where the stress on the body is minimized, employers can help create a productive workspace for those with tendinitis.