Repetitive stress injuries have been around forever, and according to OSHA, they cause about 25% of the workplace injuries each year at a cost of about $15 billion. But what are some of these injuries, and what causes them?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Because so many modern jobs involve the use of a computer or some other data entry device, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is–by far–the most common repetitive stress injury. CTS affects more than 8 million Americans. But check-out clerks using barcode scanners, and assembly line workers, especially those who frequently use vibrating hand tools, are also common sufferers of CTS.
Typical symptoms include tingling or a “pins-and-needles” sensation similar to that when one of your limbs fall asleep. In more extreme cases, you will notice pain, sometimes considerable pain, and weakness which makes it difficult to grasp objects, and may require surgery and extensive time off of work to recuperate from it.
Tendinitis is a disorder that results from the inflammation of the tendon, which cause pains, swelling and may impair function in the body part it afflicts. Typically, the elbow, biceps and shoulder are the most common areas afflicted. Tendinitis is caused by repetitive motions creating inflammation over time.
Many athletes have suffered from these because of the repetitive motion involved in participating in them, and as a result many of them have received sports-related names. For example, tendinitis of the elbow is often called “tennis elbow” or “golfer’s elbow,” and tendinitis of the shoulder is often called “pitcher’s shoulder” or “swimmer’s shoulder.” Similar to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, tendinitis is often caused by repetitive tasks on an assembly line, vibration and having to reach overhead frequently.
This is a condition where one of your fingers get stuck in a bent position. This caused by inflammation of the sheath that surrounds the tendon and causes stiffness in the fingers, fingers getting “locked” in bent positions, as well as numbness and pain.
Repetitive motion is also a culprit in trigger finger, especially when the victim’s job involves a lot of prolonged gripping and a lot of use of the hand.
What to Do
In most cases, these afflictions go away with some rest, ice and some medication to reduce the inflammation. Many of these injuries can be prevented by taking actions such taking frequent breaks, varying the types of tasks performed on the job, and using the right ergonomic equipment and techniques.
But more severe cases will require medical attention, leading to time off from work, doctor’s visits, physical therapy, medication and in extreme cases, surgery to address them. In these situations, it is best to get advice from a worker’s compensation lawyer to make sure that you don’t have to bear the financial burden of these injuries that occurred while you were on the job.
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