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Occupational Overuse Syndrome (OOS)

Occupational Overuse Syndrome (OOS)

OOS is mainly a collective form of the conditions that occur due to repeated movements of muscles or some particular posture. Thereby, it is quite common in people required to work in prolonged periods of immobility, like using computers at work.

Warning Signs!

when at work, you could be suffering from OOS with these kind of feature:

Pain and stiffness of a joint

Difficulty in moving the joint

Swelling in the forearm, wrist, shoulder

Muscle weakness

Discomfort in the neck or shoulders


In the beginning, it is not painful, as the symptoms come and go. Also, discontinuing the task tends to improve the symptoms. But, continuous use can cause severe back and neck pain and make simple tasks like holding a glass of water or opening the door look difficult. 

Not just a minor pain!

Although all OOS begin with mild pain, what may appear minor discomfort at the beginning could later lead to:

Tiny muscle tears

Nerve damage due to compression

Abnormal posture

Abnormal muscle movement 

Premature degenerative changes

Are you at risk?

If your job entails too much of the following activities, you are at an increased risk of OOS:


Process work such as assembly line and packing


Manual work 

Computer work

How can you prevent OOS?

Here are some easy ways to help you avoid OOS:

Take regular stretching and walking breaks every half an hour.

Deep breathe or meditate for 5 minutes to relax.

Watch your posture and remain active.

Utilize all your tea, meal breaks, and eat a nutritious and balanced diet.

Try to take a break from the tasks that involve repetitive movements.

A healthy lifestyle includes regular exercise, a balanced diet, and a sound sleep pattern. However, most of us seldom make time to abide by this golden rule. To enjoy the bliss of a healthy life, we need to remind ourselves of the long-term benefits of these corrective measures. The experience will be much more comfortable and happy!


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