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Preventing Repetitive Motion Injury: Shoulder

Making changes in how you use your shoulder can lessen your chances of repetitive motion injuries (RMIs). Use your shoulder wisely by following the tips below.

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Position Yourself Well

  • Avoid raising your arms when working above shoulder level.

  • Use a stool or stepladder when needed to prevent awkward reaching.

  • Keep your work within easy reach. This helps you avoid stretching or twisting your arms and shoulders.

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Vary Your Tasks

  • Vary your on-the-job activity to help reduce the risk of RMIs.

  • Give your shoulder enough time to rest and recover from stressful tasks.

  • If one task causes you to feel pain, stop. Rest your shoulder. Go to another task if possible.

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Limit Force

  • Ask for help when you need¬† it.

  • Limit activities that could strain shoulder muscles and tendons. This includes heavy lifting, pushing, and pulling. Get help when needed, or use dollies and wheelbarrows.

  • Find the best tools for each activity. The best tool lets you use the least force.

  • Rest before repeating a task that requires a lot of force. The more frequent the force, the greater the risk of RMIs.

 

 

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