Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist*

Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist*

Occupational overuse syndrome is quite painful

Occupational overuse syndrome, or cumulative trauma disorder, may occur when the body performs certain movements over time. It is a common workplace injury, often affecting the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, neck and back. 

Those plagued by work-related overuse injuries typically qualify for benefits through a workers’ compensation claim. That means receiving wage replacement and medical treatment at no cost to you.

What causes the syndrome?

As mentioned, frequently performing the same movements on repeat causes or contributes to OOS. Repetitive motions can put much stress on tendons and muscles, often leading to inflammation and pain. Two occupations that require repeat movements are office work and assembly line or factory jobs.

Other factors that lead to OOS:

  • Forceful exertions like lifting heavy items, pushing or pulling objects and using vibrating tools can lead to cumulative trauma. Examples include construction work and loading or unloading trucks.
  • Ergonomic hazards like poorly designed workstations in the office or using non-ergonomic tools and equipment can result in cumulative trauma in many areas of the body.
  • Sustained muscle tension may also cause or contribute to OOS. Constantly using and tensing muscles and tendons without proper rest breaks may increase your risk of cumulative trauma injuries.

Many members of the Pennsylvania workforce believe only visible trauma or bleeding injuries qualify for a workers’ compensation claim. Fortunately, medical and financial benefits are available for most workplace injuries and illnesses, even those that may not be apparent.

Exercise your rights

Filing a workers’ compensation claim ensures you obtain proper treatment for OOS. Perhaps more importantly, it can allow you to take a few days off to heal without unduly harming your financial situation. Legal guidance can help you protect your rights and obtain the injury benefits you are due.