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What is a repetitive stress injury?

It is a misconception to believe that the only types of injuries that construction and warehouse workers face are those that result from large-scale events, such as falls, crushing injuries and heavy equipment incidents. In fact, individuals who work in these lines of employment may suffer serious workplace injuries that parallel those often suffered by office and desk workers. Workers in a variety of fields can suffer repetitive stress injuries and can lose time from their jobs because of them.

A repetitive stress injury is one that occurs when a particular motion or movement is repeated and wears on a part of the victim's body. Carpal tunnel syndrome is often associated with repetitive stress injuries because many computer workers suffer from it from using desks that fail to provide their wrists and hands with enough support.

However, repetitive stress injuries can happen to anyone. A construction worker who must use a specific tool each and every day may develop repetitive stress harm in their hands, arms, back and shoulders simply from operating the tool over and over again. A hospital worker who must lift patients may develop pain in their arms and hands from constantly bearing the weight of other people.

Repetitive stress injuries can cause pain, numbness, tingling and a host of other unpleasant symptoms. They can cause long-term problems for those who suffer from them and can leave individuals struggling to do their work. When a repetitive stress injury threatens a person's capacity to perform the duties of their job, they may wish to learn more about their options for seeking workers' compensation.

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