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Examples of Repetitive Work Injuries

Injuries suffered at work are not always caused by sudden accidents. Many times, the daily stress of repetitive motion can cause a progressive injury that can become debilitating if left untreated.

If you have a physical problem that was caused by repetitive motion on the job, you need help from medical and legal experts to make your physical injury claim. Grupo MedLegal’s doctors and lawyers in Chicago, Illinois will help you make as strong a case as possible so you can recover workers’ compensation benefits.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Typically, carpal tunnel syndrome affects people who work in offices and type on computers all day. The stress of typing on the fingers, hands, and wrists can lead to inflammation and pain in the joints.

This type of repetitive motion injury to the hands and wrists is not limited to office workers. Any worker who uses his or her hands on the job is susceptible to carpal tunnel syndrome. Agricultural workers, assembly line workers, mechanics, and custodial and landscaping workers perform repetitive tasks with their hands that may cause carpal tunnel injuries.

Tendinitis and Bursitis

Tendinitis is the inflammation of a tendon because of repetitive movements. Tendons connect muscles to bones, and are very strong and fibrous. Unlike muscles, tendons do not stretch when pulled. Repetitive movements can cause small tears in the tendons over time which will not heal without rest and medical treatment. Common areas for tendinitis include the shoulder, elbow, and biceps.

Bursitis is similar to tendinitis, in that it is inflammation of the bursa. The bursa is a sac that cushions the joints. Repetitive motion can cause friction to these bursas, causing inflammation. Bursitis is usually the cause of knee, hip, and elbow pain.

Back Pain

Repetitive motion can also cause back and neck injuries. If your job requires you to lift heavy objects, bend lower than the waist, or turn your head and neck frequently, you may be susceptible to back and/or neck injuries.

Back muscles and tendons protect the spinal cord. If your back pain is left untreated for a long time, there is risk of injury to the spine, which can cause permanent and irreversible damage. Always see your doctor for your back and neck pain, and try to avoid activities that could injure your back even further.

Get Help Now

Physical problems due to repetitive work tend to be eligible for workers’ compensation. However, these cases may be more difficult to prove than sudden accidents that occur at work.

If you have suffered an injury from repetitive motion at work, contact Grupo MedLegal’s accident doctors and lawyers in Chicago, Illinois. Our experienced professionals work together to create the best workers’ compensation claim possible.

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