If your work involves physical labor, such as pulling, pushing, lifting, or throwing, it can cause you to pull a muscle or strain a joint relatively easily.

Most frequently these types of injuries occur in people working construction, warehouses, factories, and package delivery,  though first responders, EMT’s, fire fighters, and others also report them. In fact, according to the Department of Labor, this is the most common workplace injury.

Some of the activities resulting in overuse or overexertion injuries include:

  • Repeated lifting of boxes
  • Repeated use of tools
  • Repeated stair climbing
  • Lifting from floor-to-waist or wist-to-overhead
  • Repeated twisting and kneeling