Also referred to as “repetitive stress injury,” a repetitive motion injury is, as the name suggests, an injury resulting from making the same motion over and over again. Many sustain this type of injury due to the nature of their job. If you have a job-related repetitive motion injury, you may be able to recover compensation pursuant to worker’s compensation. This type of injury can have far-reaching implications for your personal and professional life. While the severity of a repetitive motion injury can vary, it can easily reduce your ability to be effective at your job, jeopardizing your source of income as well as causing you to incur medical bills to treat the injury itself.
One of the most common repetitive motion injuries is carpal tunnel syndrome. While most people think of people getting this because they are on the computer a lot, like those in data entry jobs, people performing assembly line work are at much greater risk. Those in assembly jobs in manufacturing or sewing commonly suffer from carpal tunnel. The actual injury itself happens when the median nerve is compressed by swollen and inflamed ligaments and tendons. The median nerve is the nerve that runs from the forearm to the hand through a tunnel in your wrist.
Other common repetitive motion injuries include tendinitis and bursitis. Tendinitis is inflammation of a tendon. A tendon is a white fibrous tissue that connects muscle to bone. It allows for joint movement throughout the body. Tendinitis can be found in places like shoulders and elbows. Bursitis is inflammation of the bursa sac. The Bursa sac is a small pouch found in an area of the body at risk of friction developing. The bursa sac acts as a kind of lubricant in the area between tendon and bone to prevent such friction.
A repetitive motion injury can be permanent or temporary. The pain can be lasting and substantial. Talk to your doctor about the possibility of a repetitive motion injury if you experience any of the following:
- Pain when moving arms or legs
- Joint tenderness
- Sleep problems due to pain
- Pain interfering with day to day activities such as showering
- Redness or warmth around a joint
A proper diagnosis of a repetitive motion injury can get you the treatment you need to decrease or eliminate the negative impact of the injury. Such treatment may include:
- Occupational therapy
- Exercise programs including stretching and strengthening
- Hot and cold compresses
- Braces or splints
While a repetitive motion injury may be effectively treated or managed, medical care can be costly. Additionally, you may have new restrictions on what type of tasks you can perform at your job. You may have to find a new job altogether. Worker’s compensation can help you recoup some of these costs and help you look out for your financial future. Contact our attorneys today to find out more.