Workers in many industries and job types can suffer from repetitive stress injuries. Because of the debilitating toll repetitive stress injuries can take on workers, they should be familiar with how workers’ compensation benefits may offer some help.
What are repetitive stress injuries?
Repetitive stress injuries can be caused by any kind of work that resolves repetitive motion from construction work to office work. All different types of workers can be impacted by repetitive stress injuries including dental hygienists, cleaners, cooks, bus drivers, musicians and constructions workers.
When workers stay in the same position for extended periods of time or repeat certain motions over and over again on the job they can suffer repetitive stress injuries. A variety of different types of activities at work can lead to repetitive motion injuries including operating a computer mouse, typing, working as a checkout clerk, working with power tools, working on an assembly line and sports.
Common examples of repetitive stress injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, rotator cuff tendonitis and tennis elbow. Common symptoms of repetitive stress injuries include pain, tenderness, swelling, stiffness, tingling or numbness, throbbing, weakness and sensitivity to cold or heat. Repetitive stress injuries can make normal daily tasks difficult.
How workers’ compensation helps
Workers’ compensation benefits can help injured workers who are unable to work because of a repetitive motion injury they are suffering from. Workers’ compensation benefits may be able to help with medical expenses and their lost wages for their time away from work. The help workers’ compensation benefits can provide should be well known to any worker suffering from a repetitive motion injury or other workplace injury.