Most of the time, a workplace injury happens in an instant and can have an impact for days, weeks, months, or even years. However, there are other cases where injuries develop over time due to continuously doing the same things, in the same way, day after day. Hammering nails, scanning groceries, typing, and holding a jackhammer can all lead to repetitive stress injuries which take time to be obvious.
The Symptoms of Repetitive Stress Injuries
The term for repetitive stress injuries (RSI) can vary based on the state you work in. It may be called repetitive strain injuries, cumulative trauma, or overuse injuries. Regardless of what it is called in your area, it can refer to many different conditions like bursitis, trigger finger, epicondylitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, rotator cuff syndrome, or lower back pain.
Depending on the RSI you are experiencing, some of the following symptoms may be noticed in the affected part of the body:
- Reduced flexibility or range of motion
- Aches, throbbing, acute pain, tenderness, or other pain
- Loss of coordination or strength
- Numbness or tingling
When you first experience an RSI, you may have no symptoms or symptoms that come and go when making a specific motion or sitting in a certain way. If not treated, weakness, pain, and other symptoms may become more frequent and make it hard or impossible to do your job or even handle the daily chores required of your life.
The Risk for Repetitive Stress Injury
In many cases, RSIs are considered to be a problem involved with using a computer. That isn’t surprising since using computers can lead to injuries in your wrists, hands, and arms. However, there are a huge number of jobs that require the use of vibrating equipment, making micro movements, frequently lifting and carrying items, or holding awkward postures. Some of the highest risk jobs for RSIs include:
- Professional athletes
- Health care aides and nurses
- Housekeeping cleaners and janitors
- Stock clerks and grocers
- Meat processing and agricultural workers
- Bus drivers
- Pipe fitters and plumbers
- Delivery workers
What to Do if You May Have a Work-Related RSI
If you have warning signs of an RSI, it’s crucial to pay attention to it. If the symptoms may be related to your job, you should also speak with your employer. Seeing a doctor quickly is also a good idea so you can get ahead of further injury. A personal injury lawyer at Barovick Law can offer additional information about the steps you should take.