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Repetitive Stress Injuries

Often times when people think of a work injury they associate it with a one time incident, like a slip and fall or an accident with machinery. However through my years of experience, I have seen a large portion of work injuries are a result of repetitive movements. This includes anything from typing on a keyboard, to being constantly crouched over a sewing machine, or scanning and bagging groceries. Sometimes, it is difficult to acknowledge these aches and pains as a work injury because they may seem unrelated or “not a big deal”, if you have doubts, feel free to contact us and we will advise you. Just know, you are covered by Workers’ Compensation.

Who Is more likely to get Repetitive Stress Injury?

Repetitive Stress Injuries, or RSI’s, are usually attributed to office workers. Those who are constantly typing on a keyboard, tapping a screen, or clicking a mouse. These workers are more likely to develop RSI’s on their hands and wrists. Aside from office workers, professional athletes, musicians, store clerks, and housekeeping cleaners are also at risk of RSI’s because they constantly perform the same tasks.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of a RSI become apparent in the affected part of your body. They can include: pain (ranging from acute pain to throbbing pain), reduced range of motion, tingling, weakness, and numbness. At first these symptoms can go unnoticed, or only apparent when doing a specific task or motion. Over time, if gone untreated, these symptoms can worsen and be present constantly, not just while performing a certain task.

Be Aware

It is important to keep the symptoms in mind, so you can catch an RSI early on before it is too late. Be sure to tell your employer if you suspect your symptoms are work related, and see a doctor as soon as possible. Also, remember to tell your doctor all your symptoms as well as when and where they appeared. They may impose some work restrictiction, like frequent breaks or time limits on certain tasks, or changing your workstation or the equipment you use, in order to better alleviate your aches. It is vital that you do not ignore these symptoms, because aside from hindering your recovery, it can also make receiving your Workers’ Compensation benefits more difficult.

Bottom Line

Repetitive Stress Injuries come about when you cause strain on a part of your body by performing a task repeatedly. They are serious and can worsen over time. It is important to be conscious of all your aches and pains and how they affect your job task, and how they can be tied to your job tasks as well. Reach out for help sooner rather than later, this can help you recover quicker as well as allow you to get the Workers’ Compensation benefits you deserve. If you have any questions, contact us and we will be happy to help.


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