Repetitive stress injuries often result from overuse or doing the same motions over and over again. If your job requires you to type all day, lift heavy burdens, or do repetitive movements, you may be at high risk for developing a repetitive stress injury. The most common repetitive stress injuries are carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and bursitis. Carpal tunnel affects the wrist joint, and tendonitis and bursitis can affect a variety of joints in the body. How do you know if you have a repetitive stress injury?
There are several symptoms you can look for:
- Dull, aching pain
- Sharp pain when you make certain movements
- Stiffness if you rest in one position for too long
- Swelling or tenderness of a joint
- Redness and warmth in the affected area
If you start to notice any of these symptoms, it is important to inform your employer right away and see a doctor. Treatment for repetitive stress injuries often includes cold and hot packs, rest, stretching or physical therapy, medication, and surgery for severe cases. Since these injuries worsen over time, you should take action to protect yourself at your workplace.
In today’s market, there are several ergonomic machines and equipment designed to increase the comfort and safety of workers. For example, if you type all day at work, you may ask your employer for an ergonomic keyboard to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. There are also ergonomic chairs to prevent back strain, and machines to help workers lift heavy weights without straining muscles and ligaments.
Should your employer fail to provide you with the necessary equipment, and you suffer a repetitive stress injury, you have the right to pursue compensation. Employers owe a duty of care to workers. This includes providing a reasonably safe and comfortable work environment. If you discover that you have a repetitive stress injury, you should tell your employer and file a workers’ compensation claim immediately to seek financial relief.
Repetitive stress injuries can severely hinder your quality of life. Whatever your situation, our Atlanta workers’ compensation attorneys at The Law Offices of Nathaniel F. Hansford, LLC are ready to assist you. Contact our team today to receive a free consultation.