Ergonomics and occupational pain

Ergonomics and occupational pain

We offer consultations and treatment for workers at risk for or suffering from cumulative trauma, repetitive strain, ergonomic disorders, and work-related musculoskeletal disorders. For more information contact Tamara James, MA, CPE 919-681-3140 or 919-668-ERGO (3746) or Sam Moon, MD, MPH, 919-684-5994.

Additional ergonomic and occupational pain services:

  • Consultation and treatments related to job productivity and job accommodation
  • Education and prevention programs that address cost-containment and regulatory requirements
  • Ergonomics training for workers and supervisors
  • Ergonomics is the science of matching jobs to the worker and products to the user. An effective match optimizes worker performance and productivity as well as health, safety, and comfort.

Our ergonomists, physicians, physical therapists, and occupational therapists work together to provide expertise in adapting jobs and work environments to "match the worker." Ergonomics improves well being of employees by reducing workplace discomfort or pain through identification and control of ergonomic hazards. 

Consulting services include:

  • performing work-site evaluations to identify workplace risk factors that may cause or aggravate musculoskeletal disorders
  • providing written recommendations for controlling or abating observed ergonomic risk factors
  • exam, treatment, and detailed work recommendations at any stage of pain disorders that are work related
  • assisting with structuring and implementing an ergonomics or safe patient handling programs
  • conducting ergonomics training classes for managers, supervisors, and employees
  • assisting with challenging job designs, facility layouts, and work areas
  • recommending appropriate cost-effective changes to jobs and workstations to reduce the risk of injury
  • ergonomics training

Ergonomics training

  • Office ergonomics. A course designed for employees who primarily use computers at work. This course provides information about ergonomics, body postures, and adjustment of the work environment to reduce the risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders due to work.
  • Ergonomics for supervisors and managers. Provides supervisors with education, consultation, and direction regarding the ergonomics of work processes. By identifying and recognizing risks, methods of reducing workplace injuries due to ergonomics can be implemented to address potential problems. Other topics of this course include ergonomics related to health, productivity, and employee relations.
  • Manual materials handling. Designed for all employees who lift or handle materials on a regular basis. This course provides information about proper lifting techniques and how to avoid injuries associated with material handling.
  • Reducing injuries in the health care environment. Provides health care workers with an overview of ergonomics. The information gained will assist them in the development, improvement, and implementation of ergonomic programs at their facility.