Symptoms of Muskoskeletal Disorders-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Symptoms of Muskoskeletal Disorders (MSD's)

Symptoms of musculoskeletal disorders and other ergonomic injuries may be subtle at first, leading the individual to ignore them. Following are the most common symptoms that may be experienced:

  • Pain in the fingers, wrists, or other parts of the body (this may range from a stabbing type of pain to a dull ache)
  • Tingling or numbness, particularly in the hands or fingers 
  • Swelling, inflammation, or deformity 
  • Loss of muscle function
  • Discomfort or pain in the shoulders, neck, or upper or lower back 
  • A burning sensation in the arms or hands 
  • Extremities turning white or feeling unusually cold, indicating possible nerve or circulatory problems 
  • General feeling of stiffness or cramping 
  • A loss of gripping strength, or pain when making a fist 
  • Reduced range of motion 
  • Discomfort when making certain movements

These symptoms may be alerting you to any of several types of ergonomic injuries. NEVER ignore these symptoms. Call EH&S (8-8182) for an evaluation and seek medical intervention.

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