Workshop: How to Diagnose and Treat a Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorder?

  • Deepak SharanEmail author
  • Joshua Samuel Rajkumar
  • Jerrish A. Jose
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 820)


WRMSD is the commonest occupational health condition across the world. WRMSDs can affect workers in the industrial, commercial, healthcare, hospitality, and service sectors. Occupations at high risk for WRMSDs include machine operators, parts assembly operators, manual and agricultural labourers, nurses and other healthcare professionals, computer or visual display unit users, typists, and musicians. Diagnosis of WRMSD can be controversial and challenging, especially since soft tissue evaluation requires specialised manual skills not usually provided in medical training. Symptoms of WRMSD are often poorly localised, nonspecific, and episodic. Accurate diagnosis helps determine the most appropriate treatment and protects the worker from treatments that are ineffective, unwarranted, or unnecessarily invasive (54%). The current best practices regarding investigations, treatment of WRMSD using a staged, comprehensive, multi-disciplinary protocol, and criteria for return to work will be discussed. Common WRMSDs like Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Fibromyalgia Syndrome, Tendinopathies, Compressive Neuropathies and Disc Disorders will be covered.


Work related musculoskeletal disorder Diagnosis Treatment 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Deepak Sharan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Joshua Samuel Rajkumar
    • 2
  • Jerrish A. Jose
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedics and RehabilitationRECOUP Neuromusculoskeletal Rehabilitation CentreBangaloreIndia
  2. 2.Department of PhysiotherapyRECOUP Neuromusculoskeletal Rehabilitation CentreBangaloreIndia

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