Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist*

Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist*

Overuse injuries at work: how do they happen?

One of the leading causes of workplace injuries is overexertion. As the name suggests, these injuries develop when a part of the body is subjected to work-related stress or strain. These injuries also develop when an employee performs the same routine over and over, resulting in soft tissue (muscles and ligaments) damage.

If you sustain overuse injuries at work, you should consider pursuing financial restitution as provided for by Pennsylvania workers’ compensation laws. Here are some of the most common overuse injuries you can suffer at work.

Carpal tunnel syndrome

This condition is characterized by pain, tingling, weakness and numbness in the wrist. It develops when the hand’s median nerve is subjected to pressure. Due to the pain and weakness of the hand, an employee with carpal tunnel syndrome may experience difficulty performing their life and work-related tasks. Left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to permanent damage to the finger and hand muscles.


This basically refers to the swelling or inflammation of the tendons – cable-like tissues that anchor the muscles to the bones. Tendonitis leads to swelling, pain and discomfort in the affected area. In the workplace, tendonitis happens when the worker:

  • Makes repetitive motions such as typing or chopping for long periods
  • Sits or stands in an improper posture
  • Stands for extended periods while on unsupportive shoes

Herniated discs

These injuries happen when the soft, spongy tissues that cushion the bones of the spine are subjected to trauma, causing them to bulge. Also known as slipped discs, these injuries can cause severe pain and discomfort. In the workplace, herniated discs happen when a worker lifts heavy objects or uses non-ergonomic furniture. Depending on the severity, herniated discs can lead to paralysis.

Workplace injuries resulting from overuse can be life-altering. Find out how you can pursue the compensation you deserve if you are hurt at work.