Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI)
Potential Danger of Repetitive Stress Injuries
Repetitive stress injuries (RSI) are very common work-related injuries. Repetitive stress injuries occur when a part of the body endures an abnormal amount of stress from repeating the same movements over and over again. This results in pain, inflammation, strains and tissue damage. Repetitive stress injuries also contribute to pinched or entrapped nerves.
Basically, any task that involves the prolonged use of the hands, wrists, arms, and shoulders can lead to repetitive stress injuries. The neck and back can also be affected if the tasks involve the need to repeatedly twist the head or torso, or to look down for extended periods of time. As you might expect, the increased use of computers has caused an increase in repetitive stress injuries. Workers who use keyboards for hours per day without proper ergonomic care or sufficient breaks are particularly vulnerable to repetitive stress injuries.
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Other workers commonly affected include those who work on assembly lines or spend a lot of time gripping controls or hand tools, especially while applying force. In addition, workers who spend a lot of time in an awkward body posture are also susceptible, such as the telemarketer or office worker who cradles a phone between their head and shoulder for long periods or the technician who does frequent overhead work. The repeated lifting and carrying of heavy objects can also bring about repetitive stress injuries, particularly to the back and joints. Repetitive stress injuries can produce extreme pain in the affected areas, with the pain worsening as activity increases.
Repetitive stress injuries can also diminish the strength and endurance of the affected area. If your job has caused you to suffer a repetitive stress injury, you may be entitled to workers compensation benefits. Let our team of experienced attorneys evaluate your situation and provide the professional guidance you need.