Factors influencing ultrasound professionals’ likelihood of developing work-related musculoskeletal disorders include poor posture, repetitive movements, transducer pressure and poor grip, stress, workload, limited support or sense of control and other psychosocial factors. According to SDMS 2018 white paper series, Sonographers should remember that optimising the examination should not be at the detriment of their health.
- Poor and/or static posture
- Repetitive movements
- Transducer grip pressure and the use of force
- Psychosocial factors
- Workload management issues
Fiona K. Marshall has this to say; “I had to go through WCB for work place injury due to back and neck problems. Physio and my GP said it was absolutely classic repetitive strain injury for sonographers. ( I’ve been scanning 24 years).
But WCB denied the claim on the basis of what their doctor said ie unrelated to scanning( who I never saw but who probably gets a bonus for denying claims).
MRI scan showed neck damage. I am still working full time.
I had acupuncture, muscle relaxants, pain killers and Physio at the time. I use none of those now.
The most helpful thing I find is deep tissue massage therapy bi weekly and yoga.
And of course scanning mindfully. Not pressing with the probe. Not leaning, standing for EV scans, altering position often”.In the words of Oliver Pal, “don’t stand, hydraulic patient table, ice your shoulder in between scans, proper position while scanning, exercise, no more than 10-12 pts per day” in all your scanning