Work-related physical problems vary; some are considered light, others intermediate, and others very serious. However, there are injuries caused from constantly performing the same activities. This type of injury is called a “repetitive work injury” or “repetitive motion injury.” This type of problem occurs when an individual maintains a series of continuous movements throughout the workday which affect the function of different parts of the body, such as bones, muscles, nerves, and joints; resulting over time in muscle fatigue, strain, stress, pain and lastly, injury.
Many people are unaware of the relationship between this type of physical discomfort and their work; however, these injuries are the most common types according the United States Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), causing work-related health problems across the entire nation. Both organizations have reported that for these injuries alone, workers’ compensation expenses exceed 20 million dollars each year.
There are certain types of work that are more likely to result in this type of injury, such as construction, food service, custodial work, and production lines, among others; however, any type of work that involves constant movement can be a factor in the development of discomfort. Among the various risk factors to consider are: maintaining the same position, amount of force exerted, work cycles, and minimal rest periods.
Some of the most commonly occurring work injuries are:
- Back pain
- Herniated discs
- Carpal tunnel syndrome – the inflammation within a space (tunnel) between bones and ligaments
- Bursitis – refers to inflammation of the bursa, a small sac of liquid that serves to cushion the joints
- Epicondylitis – commonly known tennis elbow or swelling in the elbow area
- Tendinitis – Inflammation of the tendons with the possibility of tearing
- Stress fractures – Cracks on bone surfaces
- Osgood-Schlatter disease – Inflammation in the area where the knee tendon joins the tibia bone
- Patellofemoral syndrome – Rupture or tenderness of patella cartilage
- Medial tibial stress syndrome – Pain around the shin or front part of the leg
Prevention is the best alternative for these conditions. Following are some steps to take to avoid repetitive work injuries:
- Analyze the ergonomic design of the work station
- Avoid uncomfortable postures while performing work activities
- Avoid prolonged strain
- Reduce the energy and strain used for certain tasks
- Use the appropriate tools for the type of work performed
- Make use of necessary equipment corresponding to the activity
- Program tasks to no more than 30 seconds
- Set periods of rest during the workday
If you are experiencing physical problems from repetitive work, contact Grupo MedLegal and we will be happy to assist you with a free assessment, where we will evaluate whether your case is eligible for workers’ compensation for repetitive work injuries. We are located in major cities in the United States and have specialized lawyers for these types of cases.
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