There's a misconception that most on-the-job injuries are sudden and traumatic. The reality? Many injuries form slowly over time, like repetitive motion injuries. In fact, repetitive motion injuries are among the most common injuries in the entire country. These can happen from overuse from someone doing the same motions, or sitting/standing in the same position for an extended period of time. In the case of most workers, these repetitive actions take place every single work day.
Some of the More Common Repetitive Motion Injuries
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – This is probably the most well-known repetitive motion injury. Carpal tunnel syndrome happens when the nerve that runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. This can cause burning, tingling, or numbness. In serious chronic or untreated cases, the muscles at the base of the thumb can waste away.
- Tendinitis – Tendinitis is inflammation or irritation of a tendon. It can occur in any tendon, but it is most common around the shoulders, elbows, wrists, and heels. Symptoms include a dull ache when moving the affected limb or joint, tenderness, and possible mild swelling.
- Bursitis – Bursitis is the inflammation of bursae, which are the small fluid-filled pads that act as cushions among your bones, and the tendons and muscles near your joints. It is commonly found in the shoulder, elbow, and hip, but can also happen near any joint that performs a repetitive motion. Symptoms of bursitis include feeling achy or stiff, swelling and redness on the affected joint, and the joint hurts more when you move it or press on it.
These types of injuries are very common among workers' compensation claims in Harrisburg, but they are also usually quite treatable and not too debilitating.
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