After four years of working in an office in Lancaster, you started experiencing pain in your hands, wrists, and forearms. You don’t remember any particular incident in which you hurt yourself, and after some time, the pain still hasn’t gone away.
You visited your doctor for an examination, and she told you that your discomfort could be a repetitive stress injury. This kind of ailment makes up about 50 percent of all athletic injuries that doctors see, and they cost the workforce a substantial amount of money each year.
Common Types of Repetitive Stress Injuries
Although a variety of injuries occur because of repetitive motions, some are more common than others. Here, we take a look at a few:
- Tendinitis. This painful condition occurs when tendons become inflamed, and often affect those in the shoulders, biceps, and elbows. Although more common in males, tendinitis can affect anyone who performs repetitive motions, such as typing or moving his arms frequently. The inflammation typically occurs where the tendon inserts into the bone.
- Bursitis. Typically, the human body contains about 150 bursae, which are small, fluid-filled sacs that are found in joints. They cushion or lubricate the area between the tendon and bone. Traumatic bursitis occurs when the bursa becomes inflamed, often due to repetitive stress injuries. Common sites for this painful condition to occur include the knee, elbow, and hip.
You May Be Eligible to Receive Workers’ Comp
Workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania is not limited to sudden injuries resulting from an accident. When your job duties cause a painful repetitive stress injury to develop over time, you may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation. The attorneys of Schmidt Kramer have helped many folks in Lebanon, Harrisburg, York, and the surrounding areas get the workers’ comp they need.
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