Variety beats shoulder pain

Varying tasks and better job opportunities are essential elements for
preventing shoulder pain at work, research has suggested.

Paulien Bongers, a senior researcher at the Netherlands Organisation for
Applied Scientific Research, said studies show attention should be paid to
preventing shoulder pain at work.

Work should not entail repetitive movements of the upper arm and the arm should
not be extended behind the back or held in an extreme position, she writes in
the British Medical Journal. Prolonged work with vibration tools should be
avoided, she added.

Employees should be offered opportunities for developing their jobs and influencing
their work patterns, she concluded.

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