Fibromyalgia in the workplace

Fibromyalgia is considered the second most common musculoskeletal disorder next to osteoarthritis. This condition is characterized by widespread, sometimes incapacitating pain all over the body. Although individuals with fibromyalgia may still continue to work, modifications may be done to control and manage its symptoms.

Doctors do not yet understand the direct cause of fibromyalgia. However, several risk factors have been determined to increase its risk. Certain genetic mutations, for instance, could make a person more prone to this disease. Post traumatic stress disorder and certain types of infections have also been established as risk factors of this condition.

Scientifically gauging a worker’s capability to work amid existing musculoskeletal conditions such as fibromyalgia is essential to maintaining a safe and productive workplace. With Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE), employers are able to determine the employee’s readiness to take on responsibilities. Speak with our team at WorkSTEPS by calling (512) 617-4100 today to learn more about how FCE can help your business.

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