Millions of American workers, particularly in desk jobs and manufacturing jobs, are at high risk of repetitive motion injuries (RPI) and may be eligible for workers compensation. Repetitive motion injuries, such as tendinitis and bursitis, are some of the most common injuries workers sustain. These injuries are typically musculoskeletal or neurological and are often the result of repetitive tasks, especially those requiring strain.
Tendons bear all the weight and stress on the body’s joints. They are the tissues that connect the muscles to the bones. When people put stress or weight on the tendons, they are at risk for tendinitis, which is inflammation of the tendons. Tendinitis can be extremely painful, and it can limit your range of motion.
Repetitive and stressful motion also can cause bursitis, which is inflammation of the bursae. Bursae are small sacs of synovial fluid in the body and serve as a sort of resting point for joints. People suffering from bursitis will experience pain and limited range of motion.
Treatment for these types of injuries can be as simple as resting and applying ice or as complex as surgery. Many people suffering from tendinitis and bursitis take pain or sleep medications. In some instances, bursae sacs can become infected, requiring antibiotic treatment. Sometimes people are unable to continue to work during the treatment and need to file for workmans comp.
There are things workers and employers can do to minimize the risks of RPI. If you work at a desk, try to keep a habit of good posture and ask your employer for an ergonomically correct workstation. Take frequent breaks—get up once an hour and walk around. If you work a labor or manufacturing job, limit the amount of stress you exert on the same joints. Try to avoid bending over frequently, and lift with your legs and not your back. Columbus workers compensation lawyers can assist you with obtaining the workers compensation benefits you need if you have suffered an RPI. The process for filing for workers compensation claims can be long and complicated. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury, contact an Ohio work injury attorney at our firm for assistance.
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