Some work injuries happen suddenly, while others develop over time. Repetitive strain injuries take time to occur, but they can have a major impact on your abilities and quality of life.
It is important for workers to understand these injuries and how they can affect their lives. Here are a few essential points to consider if you experience repetitive strain.
What is repetitive strain?
Performing the same movements over and over can damage different areas of the body. For example, repeating the same motions can cause harm to your nerves, muscles, and tendons. Issues can occur within the knees, elbows, fingers, and other body parts. While anyone can experience these injuries, they often impact office workers using computer equipment, as well as construction workers and other people who use tools on a regular basis.
What symptoms does it cause?
Pain in the affected body part is likely to accompany repetitive movements. However, it is also common to experience numbness and tingling sensations. When the condition is serious, stiffness and swelling can set in. And in some cases, the body part may become weaker.
How can doctors treat these injuries?
Doctors use conservative treatments first, including the RICE protocol (rest, ice, compression, and elevation). You can also take over-the-counter pain relievers to treat pain and swelling. When it comes to more serious injuries, your doctor may recommend physical therapy. A therapist can provide exercise to ease symptoms, while also showing you how to avoid repetitive strain in the future.
Employers must also accommodate workers when these injuries occur because of their tasks and duties. The goal is to allow you to earn a living without putting your body in jeopardy.