Constant motion through sports, working, or hobbies can cause something called repetitive motion injuries. Stress on the joints, tendons, and ligaments can cause degeneration in the joints and muscle strain. Many times football players experience this inside of their arms due to the way they move on the field; often a constant swinging motion of the shoulders.
People who write for a living or spend time on computers can develop carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), a condition that causes pain and inflammation around the median nerve of the wrist and hand. Factory workers can also develop repetitive motion injuries.
If you feel that you have developed a repetitive strain injury, a work injury lawyer can help you to seek the compensation you deserve.
Tendonitis and Bursitis
Two of the most common types of repetitive motion injuries include tendonitis and bursitis. Tendonitis is the inflammation and swelling of one or more tendons, producing pain in the surrounding tissues. The area will often be sore to the touch, and you may find moving it painful. Sometimes, the skin will also become swollen and have a pink or red tint during flares.
Bursitis is also very common. It causes damage to the fluid sacs that cushion the area between the bones and tendons. When these sacs are damaged, patients experience a loss of elasticity that increases the possibility of tears and/or pain. Bursitis tends to happen in the:
Proving the Damage Is Key
It is crucial to prove that your job directly influenced the development of repetitive motion injuries if you plan to pursue a claim. Work-related injuries (like slips and falls) are easier to determine than CTS and other non-specific issues. Injuries to the joints, ligament tears, tendonitis, and/or inflammation of a limb will necessitate a thorough examination. A doctor’s note determining just how the injury came about is a must.
Healing to Return to Work
Medical intervention is, by far, the best way to heal your injuries and get back to work quickly. A worker’s comp lawyer like the team at Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P., Accident & Injury Lawyers can help you to file the right claim so that you have monetary support during the healing period that follows. This includes living expenses and medical fees. Your attorney can also help you to identify exactly what steps to take in order to move forward successfully, both with your injury and with your claim.