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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

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.

Repetitive Stress Injuries: Types & Causes

March 31st, 2014 at 7:00 am

Bursitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cook County repetitive strain injury lawyer, Diffuse RSIX Dupuytren’s Contracture, injured at work, Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio, repetitive stress injury, stress injuries, work related injury, workers compensation, workers compensation attorneyInjuries can be caused by a single incident like a car crash or falling on slippery ice, or they can be caused by repeatedly straining a joint, muscle, or tendon until serious damage is done. Sometimes this repetition is done at work while trying to complete an activity necessary to complete one’s job. If you suffer a stress injury at work, you can file for worker’s compensation benefits for your pain and any time that you must take off of work.

The Medical News Today website defines repetitive stress injuries as those caused by performing the same motion over and over again.

  • Bursitis occurrs when the bursa, or the cushion between tendons, muscles, bones, and joints, is inflamed. Pain is then felt at site of inflammation;
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is when the median nerve in the carpal tunnel of the wrist area is compressed, and thus does not allow blood to flow freely to the fingers and hands. This results in pain and numbness, felt in the fingers and hands;
  • Diffuse RSI is when nothing is physically found to be wrong, yet the patient complains of pain;
  • Dupuytren’s Contracture, an uncommon hand deformity, occurs when connective tissue, located under the skin of the palm, contracts and toughens over time. It causes one or multiple fingers to bend into the palm of the hand;
  • Epicondylitis is when bone and tendon join together as a result of overuse of the muscles and tendons;
  • Ganglion occurs when fluid-filled swellings form on tops of joints or tendons in wrists, hands, and feet that appear to be firm or spongy liquid sacs, filled with “sticky, clear, thick, jelly-like fluid”;
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome occurs when shoulder tendons and muscles become inflamed;
  • Tendonitis is when tendons becomes inflamed;
  • Tenosynovitis occurs when the inner lining of the sheath surrounding the tendon becomes inflamed;
  • Trigger finger is when a finger or thumb becomes stuck in a bent position, and the tendon sheath, along with the tendon, both becomes inflamed as well.

If you have suffered from one or more of these injuries and you believe it is due to repetitive strenuous tasks at work, contact a workers’ compensation attorney. Located in Cook County, Ill., attorneys at the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio can assist you in court today.

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