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Is your chronic back or wrist pain a repetitive stress injury?

| Apr 8, 2021 | Workers' Compensation

Repetitive tasks required by your Arizona job can lead to injuries that become debilitating over time. Physical therapy, doctor’s visits and lost wages can become costly in just a short time. Workers’ compensation may help you cover these expenses.

According to Dignity Health, injuries that occur due to overuse are repetitive strain injuries. They happen slowly, over time and generally affect the soft tissue, such as muscles, tendons and ligaments. However, depending on the cause of the injury, RSIs can also affect the bones and joints.

RSI Types

Medical personnel diagnose RSIs through a physical examination and ask questions that can help evaluate your condition. He or she may ask about the types of tasks you routinely complete when you have discomfort and what causes it. Type 1 RSIs are musculoskeletal disorders. The symptoms included inflammation and swelling of specific muscles or tendons. Type 2 RSIs involve nerve damage resulting from repetitive work activities. Symptoms may include the following:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Pain or tenderness in the affected joint or muscle
  • Pulsing or throbbing sensation
  • Tingling in the hand or arm
  • Loss of sensation

If left untreated, an RSI can prevent you from completing work-related duties and routine tasks, such as getting dressed and driving.

RSI Causes

If completing your job requirements includes overexertion or repeated twisting or awkward movements, you may injury your back. Typing on a keyboard, reaching or other repetitive motions can cause damage in your arms, hands and wrists.  At first, you may overlook the injury believing the stiffness results from tiredness or an unusually long day at work. Instead, it could be the beginning of a serious issue.

You may qualify for workers’ compensation if your injury is work-related. Filing a claim is often complex and time-consuming. Understanding the claim requirements is critical for receiving a temporary or partial award.