Repetitive stress injuries result from the overuse of a muscle or joint and can affect any body area. RSI is standard among people in jobs that involve repetitive movements like typing or desk work. However, it can also afflict people in manual labor-type jobs and those who have experienced an injury. Some simple precautions you can take may help prevent or relieve your pain, so read on to find out more!
What are the symptoms of Repetitive Stress Injuries?
Workplace repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) are a type of injury that is caused by repetitive motions and repetitive tasks. RSIs can affect any body part but are most commonly seen in the hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, neck, and back.
Symptoms of RSIs can vary depending on the individual and the type of injury. However, common symptoms include:
- Pain in the affected area(s)
- Swelling in the affected area(s)
- Tenderness in the affected area(s)
- Stiffness in the affected area(s)
- Weakness in the affected area(s)
- Numbness or tingling in the affected area(s)
- Cramping in the affected area(s)
How to Prevent Repetitive Stress Injuries?
Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) are a type of injury that occurs when the body is repeatedly subjected to force or tension. The most common type of RSI is carpal tunnel syndrome, which affects the hands and wrists. Other RSIs include tendonitis, bursitis, and trigger finger.
There are several ways to prevent RSIs from occurring:
- It is essential to maintain good posture and ergonomics when working. This means keeping the spine aligned and shoulders relaxed and avoiding awkward positions.
- It is essential to take breaks often and move around frequently to keep the blood flowing and muscles relaxed.
- Stretching and strengthening exercises can help to prevent RSIs by keeping the muscles and tendons healthy.
Several treatments can help relieve pain and promote healing if you are already suffering from an RSI. These include rest, ice, heat, massage, stretching, and over-the-counter pain medications. If pain persists despite these measures, it is essential to see a doctor for further evaluation and treatment.
How to Recognize Signs of Repetitive Stress Injuries?
Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) are a type of injury that occurs when the body is repeatedly exposed to a force or motion that puts strain on the muscles, tendons, and joints. RSIs can happen in any part of the body but are most common in the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, and neck.
Some several signs and symptoms may indicate that you are developing an RSI:
- Pain: You may feel pain in the affected area during or after activity. The pain may be dull and achy or sharp and shooting. It may worsen with repeated exposure to the force or motion.
- Tingling or numbness: You may feel tingling or numbness in the affected area. This is caused by inflammation of the nerves.
- Weakness: You may feel weakness in the affected muscle group. This is caused by inflammation of the tendons attaching the muscle to bone.
- Swelling: You may see swelling in the affected area due to inflammation of the tissues.
If you experience any of these signs or symptoms, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible so that you can begin treatment and prevent further damage to your body.
Treatment Options for Repetitive Stress Injuries
Several treatment options are available for those suffering from repetitive stress injuries. The type of treatment that is right for you will depend on the severity of your injury and the underlying cause.
Physical therapy is one of the most common treatment options for repetitive stress injuries. Physical therapy can help to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation. It can also help to improve the range of motion and increase strength and flexibility.
Surgery may sometimes be necessary to correct a repetitive stress injury. This is usually only the case if there is a structural problem, such as a torn tendon or ligament. Surgery typically involves repairing or replacing the damaged tissue.
If you have a repetitive stress injury, it is essential to rest the affected area and avoid any activities that worsen your symptoms. You should also ice the area for 20 minutes several times daily and take over-the-counter pain medications as needed.
Pre-existing Conditions that may make injury more likely
Several pre-existing conditions may make an individual more susceptible to developing a repetitive stress injury. These include:
Arthritis: This condition can cause inflammation and swelling in the joints, leading to discomfort and pain when performing repetitive motions.
Bursitis: This condition is characterized by inflammation of the bursae, which are fluid-filled sacs that act as cushions between bones and tissues. Bursitis can cause pain and stiffness in the affected area, making it challenging to perform repetitive motions.
Carpal tunnel syndrome: occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm to the hand, becomes compressed. This can cause numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand and wrist, making it difficult to perform tasks that require dexterity.
De Quervain’s disease: This condition is caused by inflammation of the tendons that run along the thumb side of the wrist. It can cause pain and stiffness in the thumb and wrist, making it difficult to grip objects or perform other motions that involve the thumb.
Epicondylitis: This condition is characterized by inflammation of the tendons that attach the forearm muscles to the elbow. It can cause pain and tenderness in the elbow and forearm, making it challenging to perform motions that involve bending or straightening the elbow.
Repetitive Stress Injury and Workers’ Compensation
While RSIs can happen to anyone who performs repetitive motions, they are more common in certain occupations. Jobs requiring workers to achieve the same tasks repeatedly are more likely to lead to an RSI. Some examples of these occupations include:
- Assembly line workers
- Data entry clerks
- Office workers
- Retail employees
- Warehouse workers
You may receive workers’ compensation benefits if you have developed an RSI from your job. These benefits can help cover your medical expenses and lost wages while you recover from your injury.
Contact and Visit us at Gaylord and Nantais Workers’ Compensation Attorneys.
You may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if you have been injured at work. At Gaylord and Nantais, we have experience handling workers’ compensation claims, including claims for repetitive stress injuries.
We understand that being injured at work can be a frustrating and overwhelming experience. We will work with you to ensure you receive the medical treatment and compensation you deserve.
To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (562) 561-2669.