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5 Things You Should Know About Work-Related Overuse and Repetitive Motion Injuries

Overuse and repetitive motion injuries, often referred to as repetitive stress injuries (RSIs), are very commonly sustained in the workplace.

Unfortunately, most workers perform the same actions over and over again for many years through the scope of their work. This can easily result in overuse and repetitive motion injuries.

Here’s what you need to know about RSIs:

#1 - RSIs go by many names and include several conditions.

You may come across several different names for RSIs, such as:

  • Overuse injuries
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Cumulative trauma

Some of the most common conditions associated with RSIs are:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Trigger finger
  • Rotator cuff syndrome
  • Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Lower back pain

#2 - Several symptoms can accompany RSIs.

Some of the symptoms of RSIs to keep an eye out for are:

  • Pain, from mild aching and mellow sensitivity to throbbing or intense irritation
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Loss of strength or coordination, and
  • Reduced range of motion or flexibility

The symptoms may materialize gradually, which means you might not notice them at first. However, without the proper treatment, the symptoms can become much worse.

#3 - Certain jobs are more likely to produce RSIs.

Working at a computer can easily prompt these injuries, but several other occupations can also produce RSIs. Some other jobs that commonly lead to RSIs include:

  • Nurses and health care aides
  • Janitorial and housekeeping cleaners
  • Grocery and stock clerks
  • Bus drivers
  • Delivery workers
  • Plumbing and pipefitting workers
  • Agricultural and meat processing workers
  • Firefighters
  • Musicians
  • Professional athletes

#4 - It’s critical to see a physician right away if you think you’re developing an RSI.

The longer you wait to address a potential RSI, the harder it will be to recover workers’ compensation benefits for such an ailment. Additionally, your recovery could be significantly hindered as a result.

#5 - It’s best to have a skilled attorney help with your case.

Like all other types of insurance companies, workers’ compensation insurance providers will do all they can to invalidate your claim so that they are not liable for your injuries. That’s why it’s in your best interest to consult a skilled workers’ compensation attorney right away to help with your case.

Our team is highly experienced in these sorts of cases and has helped many others in similar situations obtain the benefits they needed. Let us see if we can help you, too.

Call Adler Firm, PLLC today at (888) 966-9524 to speak with an accomplished attorney about your workers’ compensation case.