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How serious are repetitive stress injuries?

| Mar 1, 2021 | Workers' Compensation

Repetitive stress injuries should not be taken lightly and can result in significant pain for sufferers which can also impact and limit their ability to work. Injured workers should be familiar with what repetitive stress injuries are and what they can do if they are impacted by them at work.

What are repetitive stress injuries?

Repetitive stress injuries can occur after repeated motions performed in the course of the worker’s work day. Repetitive stress injuries can include carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis and tendinitis among others. Repetitive stress injuries can impact soft tissues, nerves, tendons, ligaments and muscles. Repetitive stress injuries can impact many places on the body ranging from hands, fingers, wrists, elbows and shoulders to the neck, back and legs. When repetitive stress injuries are left untreated, they can result in permanent injuries and potentially the loss of function in the impacted areas of the body.

Who is impacted by repetitive stress injuries?

A variety of different types of workers can be impacted by repetitive stress injuries including construction workers, assembly line workers, workers in meatpacking plants and office workers who perform computer work each day. The pain from repetitive stress injuries can make performing daily activities associated with their work painful for workers.

Workers who have suffered injuries or illnesses at work have resources available to help them with their lost earnings, medical care and medical care costs. Workers’ compensation benefits can help injured workers in a variety of ways that they should be familiar with and that includes workers impacted by repetitive stress injuries.

 

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