According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, repetitive stress injuries (R.S.I.s), such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinitis, account for almost one-third of workplace accidents and illnesses.
If you repeatedly hurt yourself at work from doing the same thing, you’ll want to know how to file a workers’ compensation claim. Even though the steps may differ from state to state, you can do some general things to ensure you do what you need to do to protect your rights and interests.
First, it’s essential to know what a repetitive stress injury is. These injuries are caused by actions or tasks done repeatedly and put stress on the body most of the time.
Some common examples of injuries caused by repetitive stress are:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (C.T.S.)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (C.T.S.) is a medical condition when your hands and wrists get used repeatedly. It is one of the most common injuries at work, and if it isn’t taken care of properly, it can cause long-term disability.
Pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hands and wrists are signs of C.T.S. It might be hard to do everyday things like write, type, or use a computer mouse with these symptoms.
It’s an inflammation of the tendons that connect muscles to bones. Repetitive work motions or vibrations might induce tendinitis. Tendinitis can make the area of injury hurt and stiff, and it can be hard to move the joint.
Bursitis is an inflammation of one or more bursae, which cushion and lubricate joints. Shoulder bursitis is the most frequent occupational injury, followed by hip, elbow, and knee. Repeated movements or damage to the joint often causes bursitis.
You may have bursitis if you do the same things repeatedly at work. Everyday things like typing on a keyboard, using a mouse, or hammering nails can cause bursitis.
Overusing the muscles and tendons related to the bony bumps outside the elbow causes epicondylitis, popularly known as “tennis elbow.” It’s a common condition that can strike anyone of any age or activity level.
Work-related epicondylitis is caused by activities like typing, using a computer mouse, or gripping things that require the hands and wrists to get used repeatedly. People who work in jobs that require gripping solid and pinching, like construction workers, plumbers, etc., are more likely to get this condition.
De Quervain’s disease
The tendons on the side of the thumb, near the wrist, are affected by De Quervain’s illness. It happens when these tendons get inflamed, which can cause pain and make it hard to use the thumb.
De Quervain’s disease is a common issue for people whom type a lot or grip things with their thumb. It can also come from doing the same thing repeatedly, like using a screwdriver or paint.
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
T.O.S. is a series of diseases that occur when nerves and blood vessels between your neck and shoulder become crushed, irritated, or inflamed.
Doing the same thing repeatedly at work, like typing or using a computer mouse, often causes T.O.S. Arm and hand pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, and swelling are possible signs. If you notice any of these signs, you should see a doctor. You can treat T.O.S. with drugs, surgery, or physical therapy.
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
When the tibial nerve goes through the tarsal tunnel, it gets pinched. It causes tarsal tunnel syndrome. People who work in jobs that require them to stand for lengthy periods are more likely to develop Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. Pain, burning, tingling, or numbness may be experienced in the foot and ankle when tarsal tunnel syndrome occurs.
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