As a worker, you probably face many types of challenges on the job. One of the most common, and potentially debilitating, is a repetitive stress injury (RSI).
What are repetitive stress injuries (RSIs)?
Repetitive stress injuries are a type of occupational injury that occurs when the body is subjected to repetitive motions or forceful actions.
There are many different types of RSIs, but some of the most common include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and trigger finger.
While RSIs can occur in any type of job, they are particularly common in occupations that involve repetitive motions, such as typing or assembly line work. They can also be caused by forceful actions, such as lifting heavy objects or using power tools.
What are the symptoms of a repetitive stress injury?
The symptoms of a RSI vary depending on the type of injury. However, common symptoms include pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in the affected area. In severe cases, the condition can lead to loss of function in the affected limb.
Dealing with a RSI
If you think you may have a RSI, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible. The sooner the condition gets diagnosed, the easier it will be to treat.
There are many different treatment options for RSIs, including rest, icing, stretching and physical therapy. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the problem. If you have a RSI, you may need to make changes to your workstation or alter your work habits.
If you have suffered a RSI at work, you may receive workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits can help you cover the cost of medical treatment and lost wages. Just make sure you report the injury to your employer as soon as possible. When you do that, they will be required to file a workers’ compensation claim on your behalf.