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What You Need to Know About Preventing Shoulder Injuries

No one wants to become injured on the job, but unfortunately, it happens every day. Shoulder injuries are one of the most common injuries that occur while on the job and often requires the need for workers’ compensation. By taking a few preventative steps, however, you may stop an injury from occurring in the first place.

Sitting Correctly

Shoulder injuries don’t only happen to people who have extremely physical jobs; employees who sit at desks are also at risk. Decrease the chances of becoming injured by keeping your elbows supported and as close to you as possible, aligning your wrists and hands with your forearms, supporting your lower back, and keeping your shoulders relaxed when you are at your desk.

Take Breaks

Shake out your hands and arms, and relax your eyes, neck, and shoulders every 30 minutes, if possible. Taking a 10 to 20 minute walk every two or three hours may also help prevent an injury.

Get Help

Never attempt to lift an object that you don’t feel comfortable with or are not prepared to maneuver. Ask for assistance if you need it, as doing so could prevent an accident. Additionally, alert a physician as soon as you feel any discomfort. Addressing the issue as soon as possible increases your chances of healing.

If despite your best efforts, you still receive a shoulder injury on the job in Pennsylvania, you may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation. The attorneys of Schmidt Kramer will work for you to attempt to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to speak with a lawyer about your situation.

If you know someone who has suffered a shoulder injury on the job, we encourage you to share this information with him or her.

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