Repetitive stress injuries can keep workers from working and from fully working when they are at their jobs. It is helpful for workers suffering with the pain and challenges of a repetitive stress injury to be familiar with the different types of repetitive stress injuries and the resources that may be available to help them through the challenges they face as a result of their workplace injury.
Repetitive stress injuries primarily impact the soft tissues of the body such as the nerves, tendons, ligaments and muscles. Repetitive stress injuries are caused by repeated motions such as repeated motions in the workplace. Many different types of workers can suffer a repetitive stress injury including workers who perform assembly line work; meatpacking work; sewing; carpentry; gardening; and computer or office work, among other types of work that may lead to a repetitive stress injury.
The different types of repetitive stress injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome; bursitis; tendinitis; tennis elbow; and trigger finger, as well as other possible types of repetitive stress injuries injured workers may suffer. The causes of a repetitive stress injury may be because of too many uninterrupted repetitive motions or activities; unnatural or awkward motions that strain the body; overexertion; and muscle fatigue. Workers living with repetitive stress injuries may experience pain and discomfort and an inability to perform their jobs.
Workers who are suffering with a workplace injury such as a repetitive stress injury should be familiar with workers’ compensation options for repetitive stress injuries that may help them with their injuries and time away from work. Workers’ compensation benefits can help with medical expenses and lost wages and may provide other types of benefits, depending on the circumstances, that injured workers should be familiar with.