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Shoulder Injuries: Avoiding Lasting Damage

Safety + Health Magazine – Shoulder injuries are some of the most common work related injuries across the country. While easy to ignore, a simple ache in the shoulder can be an indication of a much larger development.

According to the National Safety Council’s study, more than 68,000 cases involving days away from work occurred due to shoulder injuries.

Pain, stiffness, ‘locking’, tingling down the arm or numbness are all indications of a shoulder strain that has the potential to become a serious injury. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, inform your supervisor or manager as soon as possible. A small adjustment to your daily work can help reduce further harm to your shoulders, allowing you to avoid critical injury.

Below are a few basic steps you can take to help mitigate the risk of shoulder injuries:

  • Stretch before lifting any heavy object, or take breaks throughout the day to stretch your shoulders, especially if lifting is part of your daily routine.
  • Follow proper lifting techniques. This can help reduce your risk for several injuries or strains, including your back.
  • Use a ladder or step-stool when attempting to reach heavy objects.  Reaching for high up objects can cause unnecessary strain on your shoulders.

Lastly, always listen to your body. Aches and pains are the earliest signs of a growing injury. By stretching and taking the necessary breaks to relax, you reduce the possibilities of aggravating minute strains or tears.

As always, for information on proper lifting techniques, or for other steps you can take to reduce shoulder injuries, feel free to contact The Integrated Group team at 425-822-8500 or

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