Seafarers work long hours in challenging environments and hence, are more likely to be injured than those in other jobs. Injuries, whether to the back, knee, neck, or shoulder, are a common workplace reality that many seafarers face. A physiotherapy treatment plan to tackle common injuries gives seafarers the tools they need to take control of their health and careers. Preventing musculoskeletal injuries can be a game changer for seafarers.
Musculoskeletal injuries can affect bones, muscles, ligaments, nerves or tendons. Some injuries self-resolve within a relatively short period, but sometimes pain can persist and become chronic. Chronic pain and limited mobility can lead to longer periods of absence, impacting work, homelife and mental wellbeing.
Preventative exercises for strengthening commonly injured muscles are a good tool for self-treatment while at sea with limited access to medical treatment.