Repetitive motion injuries are a common source of workers’ compensation claims. These injuries often result from work environments that require the same motion repeatedly, and they can cause pain, reduced range of motion and reduced productivity. Eventually, repetitive motion injuries can interfere with your ability to do your job.
There are a few common types of repetitive motion injuries that workers experience.
1. Carpal tunnel syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome affects the wrists and hands. The median nerve, which runs through the carpal tunnel in the wrist, becomes compressed as a result of repetitive motion. Computer-based roles and assembly line work can increase your risk of developing the condition.
Tendonitis is inflammation of a tendon. Tendons connect your muscles to bone and repetitive motions can strain them over time. Tendonitis often affects the shoulders, elbows and wrists. Roles involving overhead movements, such as stocking shelves, painting and warehouse roles can make you more susceptible to tendonitis.
3. Tennis elbow
Tennis elbow is a variety of tendonitis that targets the outer part of the elbow. It often develops as a result of jobs that require repetitive wrist extensions and gripping. For example, mechanics and those with computer-based jobs are vulnerable to tennis elbow.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded more than 17,000 cases of repetitive motion injuries in 2019. Recognizing the most common types of repetitive motion injuries helps you remain attentive to the potential signs so that you can seek treatment and file a claim early when you need it. Early intervention with repetitive motion injuries can improve your treatment outcome.