Repetitive stress injuries can make it difficult for workers to be able to work and earn a living. Workers’ compensation benefits can help protect workers during those difficult times when they are suffering with a workplace injury and are unable to work.
There are some important things for workers to know about repetitive stress injuries including that there are many different types of repetitive stress injuries and a variety of different ways to treat and prevent them. In addition, modern technological devices have resulted in an increase in the number of repetitive stress injuries. The impact of a repetitive stress injury is not necessarily limited to one part of the body and can have an impact on muscles in another party of the body. Both monotony and psychological stress can worsen the symptoms of repetitive stress injuries.
Repetitive stress injuries refer to a wide variety of health problems that can occur in any movable part of the body. Repetitive stress injuries are associated with repetitive tasks, forceful exertions, vibrations, mechanical compression or work that requires or leads to sustained or awkward positions for the injured worker. The causes of repetitive stress injuries vary widely.
Some situations can increase the risk of a repetitive stress injury Overusing certain muscles or groups of muscles; working in the cold; bad posture or a poorly-designed workspaces; holding the same posture for prolonged periods; forceful activities; direct pressure on particular areas of the body; carrying heavy loads; fatigue; and vibrating equipment in the workplace may all increase the risk of a repetitive stress injury.
Workers’ compensation protections are available to help injured workers with their medical costs and lost earnings. It is important for injured workers suffering with a repetitive stress injury, and unable to work as a result, to understand how workers’ compensation can help them through the process of dealing with a repetitive stress injury.