Workers in Missouri who earn their incomes in administrative positions are at risk of suffering musculoskeletal disorders. Although these injuries can cause long-term health problems, office workers might find comfort in knowing that the state-regulated workers’ compensation system has their backs. The disorders that frequently form part of benefits claims include lower back injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, muscle strains and tendinitis. Muscles, blood vessels, nerves, tendons and ligaments are affected by these conditions.

Some workers are fortunate to be in ergonomically friendly environments in which the jobs fit the workers. Others are likely exposed to common risk factors that include repetition that has them performing the same motions for hours on end. These involve clicking a mouse, typing, using calculators and more. Keeping the body in a static position for long periods, such as holding the head in one position while looking at a computer screen, can lead to muscle tension and circulation problems.

Awkward body postures, like leaning forward or slouching in the chair, reaching up or over to have access to the mouse, and cradling the phone between the shoulder and ear, put excessive strain on specific muscles. Tendons, blood vessels and nerves can be damaged when a body part continuously presses onto a sharp or hard surface. Jobs that require frequent muscle exertion could cause muscle fatigue, strain and swelling.

While these injuries might seem insignificant when compared to those typically suffered by construction workers, their long-term effects can be severe. Office workers in Missouri need not endure the chronic pain caused by musculoskeletal injuries for fear of the financial consequences. Legal counsel can assist with the workers’ compensation benefits claims process to obtain compensation for medical expenses and lost wages.