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The basics of repetitive stress injuries

On Behalf of | Aug 10, 2022 | Workers' Compensation

There are many forms of injuries that occur in a standard workplace in Arizona. One of the most common is repetitive stress injuries, and many workers don’t understand what these are or how to avoid them.

What are repetitive stress injuries?

These are a type of injuries that occur when the body is subjected to repetitive motions or tasks. This can include things like typing on a keyboard, using a mouse or even assembly line work. Over time, these repetitive motions can lead to inflammation and pain in the joints and muscles.

Common types of repetitive stress injuries

Some of the most common include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and epicondylitis. Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most well-known forms of repetitive stress injury. This occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm to the hand, becomes compressed. This can cause pain, numbness and tingling in the hand and fingers.

Tendonitis is another common form of repetitive stress injury. This occurs when the tendons become inflamed, usually due to overuse. This can cause pain and stiffness in the affected area.

Epicondylitis, also known as tennis elbow, is a form of repetitive stress injury that affects the tendons in the elbow. This can cause pain and inflammation in the elbow and forearm.

What should you do if you think you have a repetitive stress injury?

If you think you may have one or more repetitive stress injuries, it’s essential to see a doctor as soon as possible. A doctor will be able to diagnose the condition and recommend treatment. Treatment options vary depending on the severity of the injury but may include rest, ice, heat, physical therapy or surgery.

There are several things you can do to avoid repetitive stress injuries in the workplace. First, try to take breaks often and give your body a chance to rest. Second, use proper ergonomics when working. This means using proper posture and alignment when doing tasks such as typing on a keyboard or using a mouse. Finally, try to vary your tasks throughout the day. This will help to prevent repetitive motions from causing pain and inflammation.