While most work-related injuries are caused by a single event, some injuries
sustained at the workplace develop overtime from repetitive movements
performed on a daily basis. These types of injuries are referred to as
repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) and may be recovered through the workers’
compensation system. RSIs lead to chronic pain and can take a heavy toll
on the employee’s overall health – oftentimes RSIs can leave
an employee unable to complete their job duties and simple everyday functions.
In this blog, our Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney will explain
who is at risk for an RSI, how to prevent them, and what to do if you
suspect an RSI.
Who is at risk of an RSI?
The most common RSIs are often associated with an increased usage of computers
– the most common type of RSI involves pain targeted at the hands
and arms as a result of continuously typing at a computer. Frequent usage
of your keyboard and mouse at high speeds with little rest can damage
your muscles, tendons, and joints.
Can I prevent an RSI?
There are things you can do to minimize your risk of sustaining an RSI.
If you’re someone who spends most of the workday sitting and typing
at a desk, you should use a keyboard rest to give support to your hands
and wrists, and take small breaks to allow time for stretching. Even if
you’re an employee who outside of a typical office setting, taking
small breaks every couple of hours can give your muscles and tendons the
break they need.
What to Do if You Suspect an RSI
Detecting an RSI in its early stages can be difficult. Oftentimes when
an RSI is in its developing stages, it’s easy to not notice the
symptoms or brush them off. Symptoms of an oncoming RSI can include tingling,
weakness, or numbness in your fingers and arms. You should notify your
employer and seek medical attention. If your RSI diminishes your ability
to perform basic tasks, you may be entitled to
pursue a workers’ compensation claim.
We are an Atlanta workers’ compensation firm that focuses on your
needs. Call us at (404) 990-4432 to
request your free consultation.