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Common Types of Work-Related Repetitive Strain Injuries

February 6th, 2019 at 12:57 pm

Illinois workers' compensation attorney carpal tunnelWorkers’ compensation is often associated with life-threatening injuries or deaths that occur due to a condition or circumstance at work. However, an internal injury caused by repetitive movements, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis, can also be covered by workers’ comp. These types of injuries can be more difficult to prove, and nearly half of the claims paid out in these cases were initially denied.

Repetitive strain injuries develop over time. General symptoms of repetitive strain include pain, numbness, tingling, decreased motion or flexibility, and loss of strength. Symptoms for repetitive stress injuries will often not appear right away, and they may develop in stages.

Injuries From Repetitive Motion

Any injury can affect your work or lifestyle. If you work in an industry such as delivery services, manufacturing, or home improvement which requires you to make repetitive motions, it is important to be aware of medical issues that would qualify for workers’ compensation. Some common types of repetitive strain injuries include:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – This repetitive injury affects more than three million people in the United States each year. It is most common for office workers or people who regularly use a computer for a living. Repetitive typing and clicking a mouse creates strain on the median nerve which controls hand and finger function. The carpal bones can swell and cause the strain on the wrist and fingers. Untreated carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to permanent damage to your hand.
  • Tendonitis – Unlike carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis is not restricted to one part of the body. It is the inflammation of any tendon which connects muscle to bone. The most common points of irritation for tendonitis fall in the wrists, shoulders, knees, heels, or elbows. When untreated, tendonitis can lead to the rupturing of an injured tendon that could have otherwise been healed by rest and physical therapy. Tendonitis causes pain and swelling to the affected area, specifically around joints.
  • Tenosynovitis – While Tendonitis affects a physical tendon, tenosynovitis affects the fluid sheath that keeps the tendon lubricated. This is a painful condition that typically affects joints in the hands and feet. Although temporary solutions like icing the affected joints and taking an anti-inflammatory medication may help, surgery or physical therapy is often needed to fully heal.

Contact a Cook County Workers’ Comp Attorney

Injuries which occur during the course of your work should not be ignored. If you believe you have a repetitive strain injury, contact a Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer who has experience helping injured workers receive the benefits they deserve. Call our office at 630-574-2288 to schedule a free consultation.

Sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tendinitis/symptoms-causes/syc-20378243

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/carpal-tunnel-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20355603

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