Repetitive stress injuries develop over time from performing the same motions. Under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, an inability to perform your job duties because of repetitive trauma may qualify for benefits.
Carpal tunnel syndrome, for example, can become severely disabling. As explained by WebMD, the condition results from pressure placed on the median nerve, which extends to your hand through a passageway in your wrist.
When should I seek treatment?
After using a computer mouse or work tools for long periods, you may begin experiencing pain in your wrist. Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include compressed nerves that create numbness and tingling sensations.
If you feel strain in your wrist, arm or shoulder while working you may need to see a doctor to prevent permanent nerve damage. You could also require medical treatment if you have trouble grasping or holding objects.
Which areas of the body could develop stress injuries?
According to Healthline.com, repetition could cause damage to nerves, tendons and muscles anywhere in your body. Common stress injuries include loss of motion in the hands and wrists. Other body parts, however, can also develop problems from repetitive stress or pressure. The condition could, in many cases, become disabling.
Pain or swelling in any part of your body may benefit from or require medical treatment. If, for example, you continually lift heavy objects during your work shift, your duties place stress on your lower back. Neglecting treatment after you experience back pain or swelling could lead to a permanent disability.
Whether working in a factory or an office, employees face risks of repetitive stress injuries. You may find relief through workers’ compensation benefits, which could cover medical treatment and rehabilitation. You may also receive financial assistance to take time off to care for your injuries.