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How do repetitive stress injuries occur?

On Behalf of | Jun 2, 2021 | Workers' Compensation

Repetitive stress injuries happen over time. They affect muscles, tendons and nerves.

The Cleveland Clinic explains many different job tasks could lead to a repetitive stress injury.

Common cause

One of the best-known types of repetitive stress injuries is carpal tunnel syndrome. This causes pain, tingling and weakness in the hands and wrists. It occurs often in people who type a lot or whose jobs involve a lot of wrist or hand movements.

Other causes

Exposure to consistent vibrations can also lead to this type of injury. Having to repetitively squat down could lead to injuries in the legs, especially the knees. Essentially, any type of movement that you repeat day in and day out as part of your job could lead to such an injury.


Repetitive stress injuries occur because you are routinely putting strain on a specific part of your body. It is basically wearing out your body’s natural functions. It can impact the alignment of bones and weaken tendons.


Preventing these injuries requires a few things. You will need to ensure proper posture and positioning. For example, ensuring your arms and wrists are parallel when typing can reduce strain on the wrist.

You should always follow safe practices. The rules are in place for a reason. While you may not suffer an immediate injury, you could in time suffer a repetitive stress injury by not doing a task in the way your employer teaches.

Repetitive stress injuries can take years to show up. To avoid damaging your body, you must be vigilant and aware of the potential for such injuries.