Symptoms Of Repetitive Stress Injury

Symptoms Of Repetitive Stress Injury

Does your job require you to sit in front of a computer and type all day, lift heavy objects, or do repetitive movements? You may be at a higher risk for developing a repetitive stress injury.

The most common types of repetitive stress injuries are carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and bursitis.

How do you know if you have one of these types of injuries?

Here are a few symptoms to watch for:

  • Sharp pain
  • Dull, aching pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling or tenderness
  • Redness or warmth

If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s important to talk to your employer immediately and visit a doctor. Treatment for repetitive stress injuries includes alternating between cold and hot packs, rest, stretching, physical therapy, medication, and even surgery (for more severe cases). Since these injuries can worsen, you need to take action to protect yourself in your workplace.

Getting Help In The Workplace

There are several options available to help increase your comfort and safety as a worker. If you type all day, ask your employer to invest in an ergonomic keyboard to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. There are also a large variety of ergonomic chairs available to prevent back strain and machines to help workers lift heavy objects.

If you employer neglects to provide you and other employees with the right equipment to do your job safely and you develop a repetitive stress injury, you have the right to pursue compensation.

Repetitive stress injuries can hinder your quality of life and work performance. For more information or assistance with filing your workers’ compensation claim, contact The Clardy Law Firm.