Repetitive Use Injuries
Repetitive Use injuries usually affect ligaments, tendons, spinal discs, nerves, and muscles.
Workplace injuries don’t always have to involve a single, life-changing accident. The majority of injuries actually develop over time from repetitive moments performed on a frequent basis. Fortunately, most employees can recover from repetitive use injuries with the aid of workers’ compensation.
Repetitive injuries, also known as Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSIs) aren’t necessarily caused by difficult or physically challenging tasks. All it takes is repeating one motion several times a day, and then add several weeks and years of service. The constant use puts strain on certain muscles, tendons, and bones that results in pain and eventual injury. The most common repetitive use injuries found in the workplace are carpal tunnel, tendonitis, and bursitis.
Common Repetitive Stress Symptoms
- Pain in limbs
- Numbness in fingers or arms
- Body weakness
Common Repetitive Use Motions
Typing. Those who use the computer and repeat the same keyboarding motions over again can damage joints and tendons in the fingers and hands.
Lifting and reaching. Many injuries, especially in the construction or manufacturing fields frequently lift, reach, and use heavy tools on the job.
Driving. Delivery and transportation drivers are constantly sitting in the same position for prolonged periods of time, which places strain on the body
Operating machinery. Certain tools require workers to make repeated motions with their hands, arms, shoulders, and legs.
The industries at most risk for repetitive stress injuries are:
If you’re suffering from a repetitive stress injury, you’re entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Contact our lawyers at Prior, Criner & Edwards Attorneys. We’ll help prove your injuries are work-related and get the medical treatment you deserve.