Injuries suffered at work are not always caused by sudden accidents. Occasionally, daily stress of repetitive motion can cause a progressive injury that has to be treated to stop the damage.
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Here are some examples of repetitive work injuries:
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Typically, carpal tunnel syndrome affects people who work in offices and type on computers all day. Typing can cause stress on fingers, hands and wrists that leads to inflammation and pain in the joints.
This type of repetitive motion injury is not limited to office workers. Any person who uses his or her hands for doing their job is susceptible to get carpal tunnel syndrome, like agricultural workers, assembly line workers, mechanics, custodial and landscaping workers, and so on.
Tendinitis and bursitis
Tendinitis is the inflammation of a tendon caused by 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 that will not heal without resting and medical treatment. Shoulders, elbows and biceps are vulnerable to tendinitis because of repetitive motions.
Bursitis is similar to tendinitis, but in this cases is the inflammation of the bursa. The bursa is a sac that cushions the joints. Repetitive motion can cause friction to the bursa, causing inflammation. Bursitis is usually the cause of knee, hip, and elbow pain.
Repetitive motion can also cause back and neck injuries. If your job implies lifting heavy objects, bending lower than the waist, or turning 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 a risk to harm the spine and this damage can be permanent and irreversible. Always look for medical attention and avoid activities that could hurt your back even further.
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