Repetitive stress injuries can be serious and, though you may have heard the term, you may also have wondered what exactly the term refers to. Repetitive stress injuries are a category of injuries that can be work-related that can make it difficult for a worker to do their job.

In addition to preventing the worker from being able to perform their job, repetitive stress injuries can also be painful. Repetitive stress injuries including carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and bursitis can be debilitating as well. Workers suffering with a repetitive stress injury may experience symptoms including swelling, tingling, numbness, stiffness, weakness and sensitivity to cold or heat. Over time, repetitive stress injuries can worsen both in terms of painfulness and in terms of their impact on the worker’s ability to perform their usual daily activities.

Workers who are trying to cope with a repetitive stress injury should not wait until the disability and pain becomes sever to seek treatment. Important benefits and protections are available to workers suffering with a workplace injury such as a repetitive stress injury. Repetitive stress injuries are caused by inflammation that results from repeated motion. They are treated with anti-inflammatory medication, rest, icing, elevation and splinting in some instances.

Workers who are facing the pain and inability to work associated with a repetitive stress injury should be aware of the resources and protections available to them. Workers’ compensation benefits can help with medical expenses, lost wages and vocational rehabilitation in some instances so workers should be familiar with how to access those benefits available to them.