Musculoskeletal disorders

Published on: 19/08/2020

Musculoskeletal disorders (TME) related to the work are the health problem more common in Spain and Europe. They affect to people workers of all sectors and represent an important issue with regard to health and costs partners.

According to details of the VI European Survey of Working conditions , three of each five people workers in the European Union they relate musculoskeletal disorder complaints. In Spain, more than a third of work-related injuries and three another quarters of occupational diseases are of musculoskeletal character.

Workers with musculoskeletal disorders
Musculoskeletal work-related injuries
Musculoskeletal occupational diseases
Published on: 19/08/2020

The more common

Musculoskeletal disorders can affect to any body part, although the more frequent are found in the back, the neck and the superior limbs.

Published on: 19/08/2020

Lower back pain

It is a painful and persistent contracture of muscles that are found in the lower part of the back.



Published on: 19/08/2020


Located pain in the cervical area, accompanied sometimes of functional helplessness to move the head. In keener cases you can arrive at to irradiate both the pain and the helplessness functional towards the superior limb and back.

Published on: 19/08/2020

Carpal tunnel syndrome

It is a compression of the middling nerve to its involve the doll at the level of the interior of the tunnel of the carpo. This compression causes pain, adormecimiento, sensation of current, or a combination of the three, in the fingers thumb, index, middle and to cancel.

Published on: 19/08/2020

Tendinitis of the manguito of the rotadores

Inflammation in the tendons that they surround the joint glenoidea (that it unites shoulder with escápula and that one of increased mobility of everything the body). For her happen many structures for which there is no enough space, providing the friction with the bone, which it causes great inflammation and pain.


Published on: 19/08/2020


It is a tendon inflammation of extighteners of the doll, that it produces pain in the external side part of the elbow.

Is known as an elbow of tennis player.

Published on: 19/08/2020


Irritation in the origin of the tendons flexors of the doll that it produces pain in the internal side part of the elbow.

Is known as an elbow of golfer.

Published on: 19/08/2020


The majority of the musculoskeletal disorders are not associated with an only cause, but instead that are owed a combination from several factors that include the characteristics specific to every person, work and factors factors workextra.

  • Personalfactors: the physical constitution, the general condition of health, the age, the sex or the genetics.
  • Workfactors: the work organisations, the repetition of tasks, excessive efforts, the handbook loads manipulation, inadequate postures and the lack of recovery time of the groups muscular implicated.
  • Extraworkfactors: take a sedentary life or the intensive practice of sports in which is used intensively a certain bodily area.


Work origin musculoskeletal disorders are source of pain and suffering for the affected ones, so much in its work life as a staff. Not only for the physical suffering but also for a possible incomes decrease because of sick leaves, for the expenditure in medicines, processing, for the invested time in general practices, for the rehabilitation, etc.

Although specific numbers, the economic cost estimated by the European Agency is not had for the Security and the Health of the health problems related to the work because of musculoskeletal disorders fluctuates between 0.5% and 2% of the gross domestic product (GDP). Applying this estimate you would suppose an annual cost in the GDP of Spain of approximately 13,000 million euros.

Between costs that they can arrive at to generate to the companies we must emphasise losses of production, experienced staff's losses, contracting and training of staff costs new, consequences of the malaise or the poor health in the quality of the work and other expenses derived from the management of the person's substitution hard-working injured.

The economic and social high cost derived from musculoskeletal disorders highlights the need of taking measures that help to the prevention of this kind of injuries.