Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) Signs and Symptoms

Musculoskeletal disorders (abbreviation: MSD) is a term that refers to soft tissue injuries that occur gradually over time and can affect muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and nerves.  These injuries can develop when the same muscles are used over long periods without adequate rest.  Some common examples of MSDs include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, bursitis and epicondylitis (tennis and golfer’s elbow), trigger finger (gamer’s finger).

Learn the following signs and symptoms of MSDs and contact your supervisor immediately if you experience any of these at work. Remember, identifying problems at the early stage significantly reduces the risk of developing a serious musculoskeletal disorder.

MSD Signs and Symptoms Include

  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Decreased range of motion.
  • Loss of function
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Stiffness
  • Pain/tenderness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased grip strength

Remember, early intervention is the key to preventing MSDs!