Most work injuries are the result of a singular accident. But repetitive stress injuries develop over many months or even years. In this article, we are going to talk about the various repetitive strain injuries that you may develop at work, and how to deal with these injuries when then occur.
Work Related Repetitive Stress Injuries
Repetitive stress injuries (also referred to as overuse injuries in some cases) occur as the result of repeat motions. There are several different types of overuse injuries that can occur based on the activity or motion the worker is doing. Here are a few common types of repetitive stress injuries that can occur in the workplace:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Tennis Elbow & Golfer’s Elbow
- Tendonitis & Tendonosis
- Rotator Cuff Injuries
The most common repetitive stress injury for office workers is carpal tunnel syndrome. If you spend your days typing at a computer and you don’t have an ergonomic setup, you are at risk for developing carpal tunnel. Tennis elbow and tendonitis are more common in manual labor jobs in which the employee is required to perform similar physical activities on a routine basis (ex. The repetitive motion required to use various tools in a construction job).
What to Do About Work Overuse Injuries
The tough thing about overuse injuries is that they typically can’t be tied to a specific accident. Instead, they develop over months and years. That being said, you can still get work injury benefits for repetitive stress injuries that are related to your work. If you start to experience symptoms of a repetitive stress injury and you think it may be caused by your working conditions, take action right away.
Hey Workers is a free work injury helpline for Minnesotans injured on the job. If you have developed carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, or another repetitive stress injury as a result of your job, call 844-Hey-Workers today to get free help with your work comp claim. We will connect you with doctors and lawyers in your area who can treat your injuries and walk you through your legal options. It costs you nothing to call Hey Workers for a free and confidential consultation after your work injury.