Occupational Health during Tradies National Health Month at Park Medical Group
August is Tradies National Health Month.
Occupational health is very important for employees who work in the trade industry, as all trades are physically demanding and the risk of various injuries in the workplace is high. Tradies National Health Month, as advocated by the Australian Physiotherapy Association:
“raises awareness of the health and injury risks affecting those who work in trade occupations—among tradies themselves, their families, employers and the wider community. With statistics showing almost 3 in 5 serious workplace injuries involve a tradie—despite making up only 30 per cent of the workforce—tradies' health must be everyone's priority.”
Common health issues for tradies include:
- Back pain
- Shoulder issues
- Knee injuries
- Ankle Sprains
Back pain – the most common injury amongst tradies
It goes without saying that all tradies use their back when they are on the job. It’s not surprising, therefore, to learn that back pain is the most common complaint amongst tradies.
According to the Australian Physiotherapy Association, there are steps that tradies can take to avoid (or at least manage) back pain.
You should always use good positions and techniques appropriate to the job you are doing and always use equipment where possible to reduce strain.
You should be aware of the correct lifting position – this means:
- Maintaining the natural curves of the spine
- Keeping a wide base of support
- Keeping the load close to your body
- Always asking for help with heavy lifting
You should engage in regular risk assessments of your workplace, and stay as fit, flexible and strong as possible.
The friendly doctors at Park Medical Group can speak to you about Occupational Health, along with any issues you might be having as a result of your physically demanding job.
Shoulder Issues and Injuries
Shoulder injuries are another common complaint amongst tradies, including acromioclavicular (AC) joint injuries, frozen shoulder, rotator cuff tears, dislocations and shoulder impingement syndrome.
Lots of repeated heavy lifting can easily cause shoulder damage in physically demanding jobs. Repetitive reaching and holding actions with the arms puts a lot of stress onto shoulders.
If you are worried about the health of your shoulder, speak to a GP at Park Medical Group. Our doctors can help you with any Occupational Health concerns you might have relating to your job.
Knee Injuries and Ankle Sprains
Knee injuries can be caused by repetitive bending to the ground, and ankle sprains are often related to working on uneven ground on in trip-hazard environments.
Knee injuries can include cartilage injuries, knee osteoarthritis, ligament injuries and kneecap pain.
Ankle sprains can also take a lot of time to heal if they are serious.
If you have suffered a knee or ankle injury or sprain in the workplace, our doctors at Park Medical Group can help.
Occupational Health at Park Medical Group
Park Medical Group offers a range of services, including Occupational Health consultations. Book an appointment with us today, and get your Occupational Health on track during Tradies National Health Month. Occupational Health should be taken seriously by you and your workplace, as serious injury is common among tradies and can cause prolonged stretches of time away from work. Talk to us today!