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Did your work cause your repetitive strain injury?

On Behalf of | Aug 13, 2022 | Workers' Compensation

If you work at a desk or in a job that does not require significant physical exertion from you, you may assume that the risk of you suffering an injury at work is low. However, you may be doing certain tasks that, while not physically demanding, are taking a toll on your body. Doing the same motion over and over can lead to something called a repetitive strain injury, and you could be suffering because of your job requirements. 

A repetitive strain injury is any injury you suffer to your muscles, ligaments or tendons caused by constant use or the repetition of a specific motion again and again. This type of strain could be a result of you doing seemingly safe things as part of your job, including typing, lifting and more. While this may not seem like a major injury, you may find that it affects your life in significant ways as you could experience pain and limitations. 

What are common types of repetitive strain injuries? 

You may be suffering from this type of injury without understanding that the pain and discomfort you are feeling is a direct result of your job. The symptoms of these injuries may not seem like a major problem, but they could indicate that you have a medical need that requires treatment. Some of the most common signs of repetitive stress injuries include: 

  • Weakness 
  • Numbness 
  • Experiencing hot or cold sensations 
  • Tingling 
  • Swelling 
  • Pain 

Tennis elbow and carpal tunnel are common types of repetitive strain injuries. While these injuries are sometimes treatable with rest, ice and therapy, severe cases require more significant medical intervention. You may find that you are unable to do your job without pain or at the same level as you did in the past. Thankfully, there are options available to you by which you can secure the help you need to get better and move forward. 

Seeking workers’ compensation benefits 

Those suffering from work-related injuries in North Carolina have the right to seek recovery of their losses and medical care through a workers’ compensation claim. While some may label repetitive strain injuries as minor, you still have grounds to seek the financial help you need as you take the appropriate recovery steps. An assessment of your case will help you understand if you have valid grounds to pursue a claim.