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Help for workers suffering with repetitive stress injuries

| Dec 12, 2019 | Workers' Compensation |

Repetitive stress injuries can cause daily pain and suffering for workers while they are trying to earn a living. It is important for injured workers suffering with a repetitive stress injury to understand what repetitive stress injuries are and the different types of help available to them if they are suffering with a repetitive stress injury caused by their work.

The most common types of repetitive stress injuries are carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and bursitis which can be both painful and debilitating for victims. The symptoms of a repetitive stress injury include swelling, tingling, numbness, stiffness, weakness and sensitivity to cold and heat. The symptoms and impact of a repetitive stress injury can make the injured worker’s job difficult to perform. Repetitive stress injuries can occur in practically any industry and in any job.

It is true that repeated motions at a computer can lead to repetitive stress injuries, however, any repeated motion can also lead to a repetitive stress injury. Sustained vibration and cold conditions can also lead to repetitive stress injuries which means construction workers and those who work outside may also be at risk for, and suffer from, a repetitive stress injury. It is important to seek treatment for a repetitive stress injury to avoid the functional loss from becoming severe.

Injured workers suffering from a repetitive stress injury may experience functional loss, continued pain and ongoing discomfort and may experience difficulty working as a result. Fortunately, workers’ compensation benefits are available to help injured workers with their medical expenses, lost wages and other detrimental impacts of a workplace injury including a repetitive stress injury.