Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WRMSDs):
* Excerpt from: Sonographer Safety Workplace Considerations
How do we achieve both a “sonographer neutral position” and a “patient engagement position”? First, start by setting up your work position from the patient’s perspective, not that of the ultrasound system. You will be facing the patient &, thus, in a “patient engagement position”.
Excerpt from Sound Ergonomics newsletter, February 2018.
Scanning from the System
Scanning from the Patient
Your body should align similar to driving (looking forward, reaching forward to steering wheel and stick shift)
1. Arm Stretch
Place arm on doorway and rotate trunk away from arm. Hold 30 seconds; perform stretch to both arms.
2. Shoulder Rolls
Lift both shoulder and perform circular movements. Perform 10 repetitions accompanied with deep breathing.
3. Cross Arm Stretch
Hold the elbow with the opposite hand in front of the body and slowly pull the elbow across the body until you feel a comfortable stretch. Hold 30 seconds; perform stretch to both arms.
4. Head Tilts
From a sitting position, slowly tilt head forward until chin reached chest, hold for 5 seconds. Then tilt head backward until you are looking up at ceiling, hold for 5 sec. Perform 10 times.
5. Hamstring Stretch
Scoot to edge of chair, extend leg in front of you with toes pointed upward. Slowly lean trunk forward until you feel a comfortable stretch. Hold 30 seconds; perform stretch to both legs.
6. Piriformis Stretch
Cross ankle over opposite knee. Slowly lean trunk forward until you feel a comfortable stretch. Hold 30 seconds; perform stretch to both legs.
7. Hand-Wrist Stretch
Place palm of hands together with fingers pointing upward and slowly raise elbows upward while maintaining contact at the palms. Hold 30 seconds.
Walking Break Challenge: When making the decision to drink water or use the restroom while at work, I challenge you to take that opportunity to walk for a total of 5 minutes. You can choose a water fountain which is further away from your work area, or walk to the bathroom that’s on the other side of your work facility. Whatever it takes, find a way to make walking a part of your work day. Dr. Matthew Hernandez, DPT, B.SC, CSCS, Physical Therapist
See a complete list here:
Industry Standards For The Prevention Of Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders In Sonography
See expanded recommendations from the SMDS
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