Everybody gets sore muscles. Sometimes we have aches and pains that can’t be explained. Usually these issues go away with time.
Sometimes this isn’t the case. Repetitive stress injuries are some of the most common injuries in the workplace.
While repetitive stress injuries occur more often in employees in certain industries, the problem can inflict anyone. If you work in an office setting, for example, your employer likely has talked to you about ergonomics and correct posture. The reason is repetitive stress in the hands and wrists, or eye issues can occur if your computer work station is not set up correctly.
Outside of an office setting, anyone who is lifting heavy materials or is constantly twisting or moving around is susceptible to repetitive stress injuries. Some injuries are more common than others, but regardless of the type, it is important to seek medical help and legal representation because treating repetitive stress can be costly.
Some of the most common injuries include:
Wrist and hand
Carpel tunnel syndrome is one of the most common repetitive stress injuries because it can be caused by something as simple as typing and using a mouse. Wrist and hand injuries can also be caused by jobs that require gripping or using tools.
Back and neck
Back or neck strains are common, and may be the result of lifting heavy objects or spending much of your time on your feet twisting and moving around. A wide range of professions are susceptible to these types of injuries.
Torn ligaments, tendonitis or lingering knee pain can happen in almost any profession. Anyone who has to stand at their job and is often moving, climbing or lifting objects could experience knee pain.
Nobody is immune from repetitive stress injuries. If you are experiencing any sort of pain, it is important to take it seriously.