Repetitive Stress Injuries at the Workplace
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.
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