On the job injuries can occur in virtually any industry in Arizona, from construction sites to office work. Today’s working environments, smartphones and sports can all contribute to repetitive stress injuries. At The Law Offices of Dix & Forman, P.C., we often assist clients in filing claims for worker’s compensation.

According to Physioworks, RSIs occur as a result of sustained positions, vibrations, repetitive tasks and forceful exertions. Also known as occupational overuse syndrome and cumulative trauma disorder, symptoms include the following:

  • Tingling in the arm or hand
  • Loss of sensation
  • Throbbing in the area affected
  • Tenderness or pain in a joint or muscle

The condition can affect any movable part of the body. As causes of RSIs vary, so too does treatment.  In some cases, taking non-prescription medication, such as ibuprofen or aspirin may help. If sleeping becomes problematic, taking something to help you go to sleep and stay asleep may be appropriate. Applying ice packs or heating pads to the affected areas may also help.

In severe situations, a medical professional may recommend physical therapy. This includes manual therapy, exercises and advice for adapting regular activities in a way that reduces the risk or worsening of injury. Steroid injections and surgery are often last resort options for severe cases.  The injections can have adverse effects and surgery may or may not help long-term.

Taking short breaks from the repetitive task, standing up and stretching and resting the eyes can provide you with the position change needed that can stop RSIs from developing. If you have a repetitive stress injury as a result of job duties, you may qualify for workers’ compensation. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.