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Tendinitis and Bursitis: Repetitive Motion Injuries on the Job

May 20th, 2016 at 10:40 am

repetitive motion, Illinois workers compensation lawyerMost injuries at the workplace are not life-threatening. In fact, many are not even considered traumatic. Hundreds of thousands of workers are slowly developing long lasting injuries every day, bit by bit with repetitive motions and overuse of certain joints and muscles. Repetitive motion injuries (also called repetitive strain injuries) are one of the leading types of injuries in the workplace, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If repetitive motion injuries were eradicated completely, U.S. companies would be able to save $20 billion per year in workers’ compensation alone, let alone lost productivity and worker turnover rate. Depending on the type of employment, some workers are unable to perform a certain task or job for more than several years. $100 billion is lost due to worker turnover and lost productivity caused by repetitive motion injuries every year. If you have sustained a repetitive stress injury at your job, contact an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation attorney today to learn your legal options.

What Exactly Are Repetitive Motion or Repetitive Strain Injuries?

Even daily life and work can produce debilitating injuries when the same motion is performed (often incorrectly) day after day. By lifting moderate to heavy objects with poor posture or by twisting the arm in a particular fashion hundreds of times per shift, workers can develop musculoskeletal issues that may one day bring their world to a crashing halt in medical bills, frustration, and immense pain. In many cases, the injury may never fully dissipate. Common forms of repetitive motion injuries, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, include bulging discs, epicondylitis, trigger finger, tendinitis, ganglion cyst, carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, and tenosynovitis. Two of the most common forms are tendinitis and bursitis:

  • Tendinitis - Tendons attach muscle to bone and are white fibrous tissues that are inflexible compared with other tissues such as muscle. While incredibly strong, they are prone to injury when twisted or pulled, or with chronic overuse. Tendinitis is the inflammation of a tendon (usually at the insertion of the tendon at the bone), which can be incredibly painful. When the sheath of a tendon becomes inflamed, it is called tenosynovitis, according to WebMD. Wrist tenosynovitis may actually cause the compression involved with carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Bursitis - Bursae (of which there are a total of 150 in the body) are small sacs located around the body used to provide cushioning and lubrication between bones and tendons. When these sacs are overused, they become incredibly painful. Victims of bursitis often have a loss of range of motion in addition to the pain and tenderness.

Recovering From a Repetitive Motion Injury

Upon seeking medical attention, victims of repetitive motion injuries will learn that the first step to recovery is rest. Taking time off work–the cause of the injury in the first place–is a necessity for many workers. In addition to rest, a doctor may prescribe pain medication, ice, heat therapy, and massage. Surgery can help fix the problem relatively quickly and physical therapy can help prevent future injuries. Recovery is timely and expensive, which is why it is imperative that you contact an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation attorney with the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio today at 630-574-2288.

 

Sources:

http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/repetitive_motion/repetitive_motion.htm

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/repetitive-motion-injuries

Challenges With Repetitive Trauma Injuries and Illinois Workers’ Compensation Claims

October 22nd, 2015 at 3:02 pm

repetitive trauma, work comp, Illinois Workers' Compensation AttorneyWorkers’ compensation can be claimed for repetitive trauma injuries and not just for major injuries that occur in a single accident. The law in Illinois presents some challenges for people trying to file workers’ compensation claims based on these injuries. The issues include knowing what types of injuries are covered, and presenting the claim so it meets the requirements of state law.

Types of Injuries

Frequent and repeated motions or movements over a period of time cause repetitive trauma injuries. These injuries are common in jobs that require the same parts of the body are doing the exact same motion day after day.

Construction jobs where heavy vibrating power tools must be used frequently often cause repetitive trauma injuries. Another common cause is jobs that require a lot of typing on a keyboard.

Some typical types of repetitive trauma injuries include:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Herniated Disks
  • Cubital Tunnel
  • De Quevain’s Syndrome
  • Tendonitis

What You Have to Prove

While each claim is unique, under Illinois law, every workers’ compensation claim must show a date of injury, that the claim was timely filed, and that the injury was work related. Claims may also have other requirements to be successful. The date of injury and the showing the injury is work related can sometimes be a challenge in repetitive trauma injuries.

Date of Injury

For many injuries, determining the date of injury is easy. When did the accident happen that caused the injury. But, repetitive trauma injuries happen over a period of time and cause the gradual deterioration of different parts of the body. Under the current law, a claimant with a repetitive trauma injury should notify their employer as soon as they learn that their injury or pain is work related.

The law has become more flexible than it once was in finding the date of a repetitive trauma injury, but the sooner you notify your employer the better. If you have any questions about reporting to an employer or your workers’ compensation rights, you should contact a lawyer right away. Time is of the essence.

Work Related

Just like with the date of an injury, for many workers’ compensation cases showing the injury is work related is simple. But, some repetitive trauma injuries are from pre-existing injuries or are aggravated by work and by actions of the employee when they are at home.

The law in this area can be complex and will depend heavily on the facts of each individual claim.

If you have been hurt on the job, don’t risk making a mistake, Contact an experienced DuPage County workers’ compensation attorney right away to protect your rights. Call the Law Offices of Frank J. Discipio at 630-574-2288 to schedule a consultation.

 

Source:

http://www.iwcc.il.gov/act.pdf

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in the Workplace: How to Prevent This Growing Problem

January 12th, 2015 at 11:18 am

carpal tunnel syndrome, Illinois workers compensation lawyerPeople commonly associate construction zones or factories as dangerous or toxic areas where accident-related injuries will most likely occur due to the use of heavy machinery and chaotic environment. However, office employees are subject to their own set of occupational hazards, leading to a number of injuries, even though the atmosphere might be much calmer.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a repetitive stress injury that affects people in the workplace who spend considerable amounts of time at a desk or on the computer. According to the American College of Rheumatology, 4 to 10 million American suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome. It occurs when the the median nerve that runs through the forearm and wrist becomes compressed or pinched resulting in symptoms such as:

  • Tingling;
  • Hand weakness;
  • Numbness; and
  • Loss of hand function.

Carpal tunnel is a treatable condition, but in severe cases, surgery may be required. Stretching, taking frequent breaks, and ensuring an ergonomic work space are all important to help prevent hands from cramping and carpal tunnel from becoming a problem.

Desk ergonomics includes making adjustments to your desk chair and computer monitor heights, using a wrist rest, and adding items like a foot rest or headset to help with other daily office tasks. Employees should speak to their human resources manager for ways to make their desks more ergonomically sound.

Carpal tunnel can also affect any person with a job where there is repetitive strain on the nerves in the hand and wrist. Individuals who work in an assembly line or in industries like cleaning, sewing, or manufacturing also commonly experience carpal tunnel syndrome due to the repetition of daily tasks.

When a person suffers from this excessive strain, the pain and numbness may eventually lead to the inability to successfully perform the functions of the job. It is important to have preventative measures in place and an open discussion between employers and employees regarding any concerns with desk positioning.

Carpal tunnel syndrome may gradually worsen over time and a workers’ compensation claim may cover this type of repetitive stress injury. If you have experienced an injury on the job and your employer has not implemented preventative measures or refuses to help with treatment, contact a workers’ compensation attorney in Illinois today to discuss your options.

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