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Repetitive strain injuries from work

On Behalf of | Apr 26, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

When you consider your risk for injury in the workplace, you may not think that you are at an elevated risk for suffering physical harm. Perhaps this is because you work in a low-impact job, or your job requirements don’t involve doing demanding physical labor. Despite these things, it is possible you could suffer physical harm simply by doing the same thing over and over. Repetitive strain injuries can have a real and painful impact on your life.

Repetitive stress or strain injuries are some of the most commonly suffered workplace injuries in North Carolina. These types of injuries are the result of repeating the same motion again and again, which may be a requirement of your job. If you are suffering due to an RSI, you could be eligible for financial support through a workers’ compensation claim.

The nature of these injuries

Doing the same thing again and again could cause stress and strain on certain parts of your body. If you make the same motion repeatedly, it may place unnatural stress on your ligaments, tendons and more, leaving you with an injury that slowly develops over time. These injuries are not the result of a single incident, but are likely just the result of doing your job-related tasks over time. While everyone is different, some of the symptoms of an RSI include:

  • Loss of strength and coordination
  • Tingling in the extremities
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Loss of flexibility
  • Tenderness and pain that can range from throbbing pain to a dull ache

Even if it does not seem like a big deal, an RSI can have a major impact on your life. It could affect your ability to do your job, and you may need time off to see a doctor, go to therapy or even have surgery. You may not be able to do the same things for an extended period of time, including your job. It is important not to underestimate the ways an RSI can affect you.

Your recovery matters

If you are suffering from an RSI caused by your work, there are options available to you. One thing you may be able to do is seek recovery through a workers’ compensation claim. While it cannot undo the suffering you are experiencing, it can allow you to secure the financial resources necessary to cover your medical bills, some of your lost wages and more. An assessment of your situation can help you understand what benefits may be available to you.