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What is Occupational Overuse Syndrome?

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Question: What is Occupational Overuse Syndrome?
Answer: Occupational Overuse Syndrome (OOS) is a condition where a part of the body is injured by repeatedly overusing or exerting to much strain on that body part.

Strain occurs when the body part is called on to work harder, stretch farther, impact more directly or otherwise function at a greater level then it is prepared for. The immediate impact may be minute, but when it occurs repeatedly the constant straining cause damage.

Occupational Overuse Syndrome is a subset of ovruse syndromes that relates to injuries caused by work and as such are a focus of most work-place's Occupational Safety and Health program. The term overuse syndrome identifies a large group of conditions that result from using the body in a repetitious way and causing injury by the amount it is done.

These conditions are often focused on a joint and usually affect the muscle, bone, tendon or bursa of the joint. However other anatomical features and areas can be stressed and their response to that strain can be an injury.

Some common examples of overuse syndrome are:

The full list of what can be classified as occupational overuse syndrome is quite extensive.

Other terms used interchangeably with Occupational Overuse Syndrome are:

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