Why repetitive lifting causes MSKs

The musculoskeletal (MSK) system comprises of muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, joints and their associated tissues that support and move the body.

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) are conditions that impair normal physical activity due to pain. MSDs can be caused by a major trauma, such as lifting something heavy causing acute injury, or cumulative micro-traumas leading to a repetitive strain injury (RSI), such as bad posture or repetitive tasks.

A study in Maplewood, Minnesota tracked 10 years of falls calls from the over 60s and measured the mix of patients requiring transportation onto hospital and those where a lift assist means they can stay at home once support has been delivered.

Over the 10 year period falls calls increased by 268%, (compared to 15% in population) yet patients requiring transportation onto hospital decreased during this time.  Calls for lift assists doubled in the decade costing the local community $1.5m.

The landscape of emergency care in the US is changing quickly and new business models like ET3 will change the way we care for patients, with an emphasis on ensuring the right treatment is received in the right place.

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