Many workplace injuries are attributable to single incidents of workplace accidents like electrocution, a fall or even an auto accident. However, certain work-related injuries develop from the cumulative effects of repetitive motions or employee posture while at work. These injuries are known as repetitive stress injuries (RSIs).
If you develop an RSI at work, you may be eligible for financial restitution. Here are some of the most common repetitive stress injuries that you need to look out for:
Tendonitis, or the inflammation of one or more tendons, happens when the tendons are subjected to repetitive motion or overuse. Tendonitis is symptomized by pain and rigidity in the affected area and commonly affects the elbows, shoulders, knees, wrists and feet. Cleaners, gardeners, painters and carpenters are at a greater risk of developing tendonitis.
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome develops when the median nerve that is located on the palm side of the hand is compressed. This condition can develop on one or both hands and is commonly triggered by an underlying condition that can lead to swelling in the wrist. Carpal tunnel syndrome is common among employees in the assembly lines, manufacturing and construction industries. Employees who work with computers can also develop this injury.
This is a painful swelling of a tiny, fluid-filled sac known as the bursa. The condition develops around the joints in elbows, shoulders, feet and knees and is common among workers whose jobs exert excessive stress on these joints. Common symptoms of bursitis include joint pain, swelling and redness around the joints, stiffness of the joint and general illness. Workers who are at a greater risk of developing bursitis include secretaries, carpenters, construction workers and factory workers.
An RSI can leave you with long-term pain and impact your productivity. Find out how you can pursue a workers’ compensation claim if you develop one at work.