After a long day of repetitive work, you may experience pain
in your neck and shoulder muscles. This pain can result from
muscle and tissue overuse, or from psychological factors,
such as low social support, job dissatisfaction, and low individual
a study published in the journal Spine, researchers
evaluated risk factors for neck or shoulder pain and tenderness
in over 3,000 workers at 19 production plants. Workers performing
nonrepetitive tasks were used as a comparison group.
Almost twice as many workers performing repetitive work (7%)
had neck or shoulder pain with muscle tenderness, compared
to the comparison group (less than 4%). Pain was strongly
linked to a decreased quality of life. Factors associated
with neck or shoulder pain were previous injury, high repetitiveness,
high force, female gender, and high job demands.
If your job involves repetitive or heavy work, you are especially
susceptible to developing work-related neck or shoulder pain.
Be sure to follow proper procedures to avoid injury, and talk
to your chiropractor about what he or she can do to minimize
the pain -- and the risk of developing it.
Andersen JH, Kaergaard A, Frost P, et al. Physical, psychosocial,
and individual risk factors for neck/shoulder pain with pressure
tenderness in the muscles among workers performing monotonous,
repetitive work. Spine 2002:27(6), pp. 660-667.
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