Tips to Avoid Repetitive Stress Injuries
Doing the same motions over and over again could lead to serious injuries. Everyone in the workforce is at risk for repetitive stress injuries, from construction workers to business professionals. Our firm provides diligent legal services to injured workers in the state of Georgia. If you have suffered a repetitive stress injury, you may be entitled to compensation through your employer’s workers’ comp insurance. We will analyze your situation and discuss your options for pursuing a settlement.
What Are Repetitive Stress Injuries?
Repetitive stress injuries are caused by prolonged and repeated movements. The muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your body may become inflamed or irritated if they are overused. This could cause painful conditions. The most common types of repetitive stress injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff tears, back and neck injuries, tendonitis, and bursitis. Inflammation, pain, stiffness, swelling, inability to sleep, and weakness in the affected joints are common symptoms. If you notice signs of a repetitive stress injury, it is important to see a doctor. Ice, heat, physical therapy, rest, and pain medication are common forms of treatment. Surgery may be necessary for more severe injuries.
How Do I Prevent a Repetitive Stress Injury?
- Take regular breaks. Working for long hours without a break puts you at high risk of a repetitive stress injury. In order to increase your safety, it is important to take a rest break at least once every hour. Just a 5 minute break can allow your muscles and brain to relax. This can help prevent a repetitive stress injury.
- Stay relaxed and stretch. Tense muscles, ligaments, and tendons will become inflamed over time. In order to prevent a repetitive stress injury, you need to stretch regularly, take breaks, and increase your muscle relaxation and flexibility. Stretching exercises can help your muscles and soft tissues stay relaxed and supple.
- Use ergonomic equipment. Ergonomic equipment includes keyboards to reduce the strain on your wrists, chairs to help promote good posture, and lifting equipment to take excessive strain off your back, neck, and shoulders. By using ergonomic equipment, you can do your job without straining your muscles and joints.
- Pay attention to the warning signs. If you begin to notice the warning signs of a repetitive stress injury, it is important to see a doctor immediately to diagnose and treat the condition. This can help keep it from becoming worse. By receiving prompt medical treatment, you can help avoid a serious repetitive stress injury at work.
Compassionate Representation for Injured Workers in Atlanta
At The Law Offices of Nathaniel F. Hansford, LLC, we provide aggressive representation to injured employees. If you have suffered a repetitive stress injury due to your work duties, you have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim. Our Atlanta workers’ compensation attorneys have extensive experience, and are backed by a track record of success. Whatever your situation, trust our legal team to fight on your behalf as you seek financial relief.
If you have been injured on the job, our team is here to help. Contact us today or dial (770) 629-9321 to receive a free consultation.