The location of the most common repetitive motion injuries is around the hands, wrists and elbows. These areas are the most vulnerable because they are the areas of the body most commonly involved in the repetitive motions that lead to the injuries. Performing the same activity over and over again is the cause and people such as factory workers assigned to one specific task doing the same action hour after hour can lead to strain and eventually injury. Other activities prone to repetitive motion injuries include typing, playing musical instruments, using a specific tool to perform the same task.
Most of the time these injuries can be prevented by having your employer assign different work tasks, giving you more breaks or supplying the appropriate ergonomic equipment for the job and won’t end up being a worker’s compensation issue.
Some people can do these types of activities for years and not be impacted by a repetitive motion Here are a few signs to watch out for if you are in one of these categories:
This one is a no brainer. If you have pain in the area but have no sign of injury or recent trauma to the area, then if might be a repetitive motion strain. The intensity of the pain may vary from mild to severe, but this can be a very slow, subtle progression. The pain can appear in many different forms, from a slight ache to burning pain to sudden shooting pain. If the pain ends up being continuous and worsens when you are performing the task, this is a sure sign that the strain has become a repetitive motion injury.
Weakness, fatigue or lack of strength–especially in the hands and forearms–that makes it difficult to complete even simple tasks is a definite sign of repetitive motion injury.
The affected area tingles or feels like it is “falling asleep,” especially when you are not performing the activity
Numbness, or a constant feeling of cold fingertips is also a sign of a repetitive motion injury.
Difficulty Performing Everyday Activities
If you are having trouble with normal, everyday activities such as opening car doors, turning on faucets, or cooking meals because of pain or weakness is a sure sign of a repetitive motion injury.
Tune in next month for a look at ways to prevent repetitive motion injuries as well as what obligations that your employer has to help protect you from them.
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