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There are some occupations where repetitive stress injuries can be a common occurrence. However, unlike a slip and fall or other type of work-related injury, repetitive stress injuries aren’t always straight forward issues.
If you are having pain or other symptoms and you think it’s due to your job, there are some things you need to know so you can seek workers’ compensation benefits.
Here are four things you need to know about repetitive stress injuries.
What is a repetitive stress injury (RSI)?
A RSI is an injury that’s caused by doing something over and over again over a period of time. This can be using a computer, sitting in an awkward or unnatural position, using a cash register or other machine, assembling, installing parts etc.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is an example of a repetitive stress injury, as it can cause pain or even permanent damage.
What are some other common RSIs and what professions see them?
While Carpal tunnel syndrome is well known, there are other RSIs that pop up, like bursitis (which is swelling around a joint like your hip or knee); tendonitis (which is an irritated or swollen tendon) and thoracic outlet syndrome, which is a compressed nerve, vein or artery.
There are treatments for many RSI, including braces, rest, steroid shots, physical therapy and surgery.
How common are RSIs?
Repetitive stress injuries are common. According to WebMD, they are some of the most commonly reported injuries. The tricky thing is, some RSIs can be attributed to daily living and recreation, like exercise or hobbies. So, what can be done if you have an RSI?
If you think you have an RSI that is due to your job, the most important thing to do is to seek medical treatment – and fast. It’s not a good idea to see if the pain or irritation goes away because more often than not, it doesn’t.
If you have pain, tingling, weakness, numbness, issues with range of motion or any new issues – especially with a joint or tendon – see a doctor. If you seek treatment, your odds of a successful workers’ compensation claim increase.
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