In nearly every industry, Pennsylvania residents could suffer work-related injuries that keep them from being able to go to work, even if the situation is only temporary. One of the biggest risks in some industries is the potential for repetitive motion disorders. Carpal tunnel syndrome is just one of those disorders that many people know about, but it is far from the only one.

Repetitive motion disorders include health issues involving ligaments, tendons, nerves and muscles – the soft tissues of the body. Yes, carpal tunnel syndrome falls into this category, but more than just the hands, wrists and fingers can experience trauma from repetitive stress. Depending on a person’s particular job duties, workers could experience pain in their shoulders, necks, back and other parts of the body.

In many cases, workers suffering from repetitive motion disorders may not show any outward signs of injury. However, they experience pain, swelling, tingling, numbness and reduced strength and flexibility that tends to worsen over time. These chronic injuries could ultimately end up causing permanent damage and debilitating pain. As is the case with most treatments, the earlier they are used the more successful they may be. Unfortunately, too few people seek medical help before the situation becomes irreversible.

Pennsylvania workers suffering from repetitive motion disorders would more than likely benefit from seeking medical attention when they first realize their pain is not going away and worsens after a day at work, which could increase the efficacy of any treatment prescribed. At the same time, an injured worker could apply for workers’ compensation benefits to cover medical expenses, replace a portion of income lost during recovery and possibly other benefits depending on the situation. However, receiving these benefits may not be as easy as it should be and working with an attorney could help ensure the process goes more smoothly.