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Office Ergonomics - Topic Overview

What can you do if you have a work-related injury?

You can try home treatment for a few days when you first notice symptoms. Try to:

  • Rest the painful area and avoid activities that make your pain worse.
  • Use ice to reduce pain and swelling. You can try heat, or alternating heat and ice, after about 3 days or when there is no swelling.
  • Take over-the-counter medicines to relieve pain.

If you've tried home treatment for several days in a row and it hasn't helped, call your health care provider. You may need physical therapy or other treatment to prevent more injuries.

To help prevent another injury, review your work area. Be sure it is set up in the best way possible to fit you and the job your are doing. You may be able to get more information about workplace safety and ergonomics from your human resources department at work or from your state's Department of Labor.

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Last Updated: November 19, 2012
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