Repetitive motion work injuries are more common than people may think. People who experience a repetitive motion injury on the job may find a workers' compensation claim may be beneficial.
Before embarking on the process, here are a few things for workers to know.
What it is
A repetitive stress injury occurs from doing the same motion repetitively. This may be an injury to the muscle, ligaments, nerves or tendons, and it may be temporary or permanent. Since most jobs require some sort of repetitive duties, it is possible to experience a repetitive motion injury in many different fields. Treatment is typically effective in relieving both permanent and temporary injuries.
Types of injuries
A repetitive motion injury may manifest in a few different ways. Some of the more common injuries include the following:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Back strain
- Injuries to the shoulder
- Tendinitis or bursitis
This is in no way an exhaustive list of injuries. In cases where the injury is severe and permanent, parties may have to transition to different positions at their job. By the same token, the degree of the injury will impact the benefits an injured party can receive.
The necessary treatment depends upon the injury and its extent. In some cases, physical rehabilitation and medication may be enough, whereas conditions that are more serious may require invasive surgery. After treatment, the employee may be able to make a full recovery, or the treatment may only help to decrease or manage a permanent condition. In any case, the first step is receiving medical treatment and an evaluation from a workers' comp physician.
Understanding repetitive motion injuries on the job can help injured workers in building a strong case. It may also be helpful to review the employee rights and the workers' comp laws.