If you’re like most people, you spend the majority of your day doing repetitive tasks at work. While they might seem easy to execute, such tasks often lead to a number of repetitive stress injuries, which can be very painful and debilitating. It’s important to be proactive in preventing these injuries as they can often sideline you for an extended period of time.
What are some of the most common repetitive stress injuries?
One of the most common repetitive stress injuries is carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition affects the nerves in your hands and wrists, causing pain, tingling or numbness. Other common repetitive stress injuries include tendonitis and bursitis.
Tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendons, which attach muscles to bones. Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa, a fluid-filled sac that cushions and lubricates joints. Other common repetitive stress injuries include lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), rotator cuff syndrome, and DeQuervain’s syndrome.
How can you prevent these injuries?
Firstly, you should be aware of the tasks at your job that are most likely to cause repetitive stress injuries. Try to vary your activities as much as possible and take regular breaks to stretch and move around.
If you’re using a computer, make sure you’re sitting in a comfortable position and that your wrists are straight. Use a mouse pad and avoid excessive typing.
If you’re doing a lot of lifting, make sure to use proper lifting techniques and take breaks every few minutes to rest your muscles.
Finally, be sure to see a doctor if you’re experiencing any pain or discomfort as a result of repetitive stress injuries. Early diagnosis and treatment are important in preventing further damage.
If you suffer from a repetitive stress injury, you may be able to file for workers’ comp. This will depend on the specific injury and your state’s laws. Generally, workers’ comp covers medical expenses and lost wages related to the injury.