Repetitive strain injuries are among the most common types of injuries that workers face. In fact, repetitive strain injuries caused 34 percent of all workplace illnesses and injuries in 2012 according to a study published in Science Direct. A repetitive strain injury occurs when there is excessive wear and tear on a joint or muscle. When the same motion is carried out time after time, such as bending over to pick up boxes or using a heavy tool or piece of machinery, each motion can cause microdamage. That microdamage to your bones, tendons, muscles, bursa, and other soft tissue can add up over a period of months and years, and cause serious pain and immobility.
Examples of Repetitive Strain Injuries
Most repetitive strain injuries heal with enough time off work and simple strengthening, massage, dry needling, and stretching that a physical therapist can help you with. Other injuries may require surgery or more invasive or complicated treatments. Unfortunately, some of these conditions may never fully heal, or may only progress in severity as you age and continue to perform the hard manual labor that you are currently employed in. In these cases, it is highly recommended that you file for workers’ compensation and seek a different type of job if at all possible. Workers’ compensation can, in fact, be used to pay for vocational rehabilitation, retraining and education. Specific types of repetitive strain injuries include the following:
- Bulging disc;
- Herniated disc;
- Lower back pain;
- Carpal tunnel syndrome;
- Thoracic outlet syndrome;
- Patellofemoral syndrome;
- Stress fractures;
- Dupuytren’s contracture
- Trigger thumb;
- Ganglion; and
Proving that the Injury Happened on the Job
Repetitive strain injuries (also called repetitive motion or repetitive stress injuries) can happen anywhere—at home, while driving, on the job, playing sports, working out in the gym, or taking care of your kids. However, they often happen at work. After an eight-hour shift of performing the same task over and over again, such as lifting heavy merchandise or nailing boards with a nail gun, it is no wonder that repetitive strain injuries are most common on the job, versus at home where people normally do not perform these types of tasks hour upon hour, day after day, week after week. While you know that the injury happened at work, your doctor knows, and even your employer most likely knows, it can still be difficult to prove that a repetitive strain injury occurred on the job. An attorney will help you with this complicated part of your workers’ compensation claim, and ensure that you get the benefits that you are entitled to.
Call Maryland Workers Compensation Attorney Tara K. Frame Today
Getting the help you need to heal from the chronic pain in your wrist, elbow, shoulder, low back, knees, hands, or wherever your repetitive strain injury is located starts with contacting an attorney. Call the experienced Pasadena workers’ compensation attorneys with Frame & Frame today at 410-255-0373.