Repetitive Trauma at Work
Some workers are at risk of developing repetitive trauma due to the nature of their work. For example, if you think your chronic wrist pain could be related to your job, you might need the support of a Sacramento workers’ compensation attorney. Our lawyers will explain some of the most common repetitive motion injuries, the five symptoms of RSI or repetitive strain injury, and if repetitive motion injuries are work-related. Give Sacramento Workers’ Compensation Attorneys, P.C. a call and we’ll help you file your repetitive strain injury workers’ compensation claim.
Repetitive motion injury is an injury caused by repetitive motions. Overuse, repetitive, and especially forceful use of any musculoskeletal group or nerves can result in trauma and injury to these areas. Injuries are cumulative and aren’t caused by a single event.
The most common repetitive motion injuries are due to the inflammation of the tendons or tendonitis. Tendons connect our muscles to our bones. They also help facilitate smooth joint movements. Unfortunately, due to repetitive and forceful motions, tendons get overused, resulting in small tears and painful, sometimes debilitating symptoms.
Those who work at desk jobs are at risk of developing repetitive trauma. In addition, those who work in the clothing, poultry, manufacturing, construction, entertainment, transport, mining, and sports industries are also at risk.
The repetitive motions from these industries can also result in carpal tunnel syndrome, epicondylitis, tendinitis, tenosynovitis, diffuse RSI or repetitive strain injury, and bursitis.
Repetitive strain injury or RSI is ubiquitous in the workplace. If you’re working in an industry that has a high RSI risk, you may want to watch for these symptoms:
- Burning throbbing, cramping, or shooting pain
- Numbness or loss of sensation in the affected area, frequently accompanied by tremors, incoordination, and clumsiness
- Weakness in the muscle groups affected by RSI
- Difficulty or inability to perform usual day-to-day activities like buttoning shirts, reaching overhead, chopping vegetables and fruits, typing on the keyboard, reaching behind the back, combing hair, lifting objects, grasping things, among others
- Easily fatigued and low energy
You may also feel a pins-and-needles sensation in the affected areas and see some visible signs of inflammation in the joints.
Many repetitive motion injuries are work-related. In fact, this type of injury develops over time as you perform the same activities over and over again for months or even years.
For example, twisting the trunk, swinging the elbows, or typing for long hours means your muscles and tendons are repeating the same motion over and over. Over time, these motions can cause small injuries to the area, resulting in pain, inflammation, and limited joint movements.
If left untreated, the inflammation will begin to affect the nerves supplying the muscles and tendons. The results are muscle weakness and numbness, which can affect day-to-day activities.
Yes, repetitive strain injuries and repetitive trauma from work are covered under the workers’ compensation law. As long as your injuries are related to your work, you have the right to file a worker’s compensation claim.
However, before you do so, inform your employer about your injuries and file a report. Visit your doctor and have your injuries examined so you can get the proper treatment.
Filing a workers’ compensation case may be difficult since your injuries occurred over time and aren’t caused by a single traumatic event. They may be harder to prove compared to other work-related injuries.
If you’re having problems filing a case, seek help from a Sacramento workers’ compensation attorney. They can help handle your case and protect your rights as a worker. They will help you receive fair benefits and compensation for your workplace injuries.
What can you do?
Repetitive trauma from work and repetitive strain injuries are prevalent in the workplace and can contribute to debilitating medical problems. If you’re experiencing health problems caused by your job, give Sacramento Workers’ Compensation Attorneys, P.C. a call now. Our lawyers will help explain the most common repetitive motion injuries, the symptoms of repetitive strain injury or RSI, if your repetitive motion injuries are work-related, and if you can file a workers’ compensation claim for your repetitive strain injury. Should you have any questions, please give one of our Sacramento workers’ compensation attorneys a call now, and we’ll be glad to assist you.