Ergonomics – Recognizing the Early Signs of MDS

What are the signs and symptoms of an Ergonomic Injury or MSD?

Pain in the fingers, wrists, or other parts of the body: may include a dull aching pain, a sharp stabbing pain, or even a burning sensation Tingling or numbness, particularly in the hands or fingers Swelling, inflammation, or joint stiffness.

MSD Signs and Symptoms as indicated by OSHA

It is important to report signs and symptoms as early as possible to prevent serious injury or permanent damage. Users at risk for MSDs associated with computer use may experience some of the following signs or symptoms:

  • Numbness or a burning sensation in the hand
  • Reduced grip strength in the hand
  • Swelling or stiffness in the joints
  • Pain in wrists, forearms, elbows, neck, or back
  • Reduced range of motion in the shoulder, neck, or back
  • Dry, itchy, or sore eyes
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Aching or tingling
  • Cramping
  • Weakness