In a normal year, work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), also known as soft tissue injuries, account for roughly 34% of lost work-days in the U.S. and one-third of the dollars spent on workers compensation claims. But this was anything but a normal year. A perfect storm of weight gain, more sedentary lifestyles, increased stressors, hours spent hunched over kitchen table on Zoom calls and a booming ecommerce industry have many environmental health and safety experts projecting a surge in new reported injuries as we come out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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