If you perform a series of repetitive motions for your job, you might be noticing a difference in how you feel lately. An ache here, some stiffness there, even significant and ongoing pain. If you have been performing the same type of work for a while, you might have a repetitive motion injury.
You might not be surprised to learn that repetitive motion disorders are responsible for a large portion of workers’ compensation claims. Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most well-known examples of repetitive motion injuries. Those who type a lot without ergonomic keyboards or who perform repetitious, stressful motions of their wrists, such as working a sewing machine or painting fingernails, might develop carpal tunnel syndrome.
The following symptoms may indicate that you are suffering from a repetitive motion injury:
- Pain and inflammation surrounding a tendon, joint or bursa (a sac that cushions areas of frequent impact between bones and tendons)
- Stiffness, loss of strength or inability to move the affected joint
- A crunching, popping or clicking feeling when moving
Many types of repetitive motion injuries, including bursitis and tendinitis, may worsen over time. This is especially true if you continue to do the type of work that is contributing to the damage, as well as fail to seek medical care. It is important, however, to seek treatment for repetitive motion injuries, as this can give you significant relief. Treatment might include physical therapy, massage, prescription pain relief or surgery.
A chronic repetitive motion injury can affect your ability to work and dramatically reduce your enjoyment of life. You should not have to suffer because of a lack of medical insurance or other hardship. Workers’ compensation insurance exists to treat injuries or illnesses that are a result of your work conditions or a work-related accident.