If you have heard of repetitive strain injuries but are not sure what they are, or if you have suffered one yourself, then you might have questions about them. If you have specific medical questions, then it is best to contact a doctor. If you have specific legal questions, then it is best to contact a personal injury attorney directly. However, if you have general questions, then you can keep reading to get the answers you need. Call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 562-222-0146 for a free legal consultation.
What Exactly is a Repetitive Strain Injury?
Also known as repetitive stress injuries, repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) involve temporary or permanent injury to nerves, ligaments, tendons, or muscles caused by performing a single motion over and over again. There are many specific injuries that fall under the umbrella term RSI, the most commonly known of which is carpal tunnel syndrome. Other examples include:
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Raynaud’s disease
Of course, there are others, but these are some of the most common examples.
What Are the Most Common Symptoms of RSI?
This will vary based on the specific injury, but common symptoms include stiffness, pain, numbness, swelling, tingling, sensitivity, and cramping. Again, these can vary, so do not assume that if you do not have any or all of these symptoms, then you are necessarily not experiencing RSI.
Who is Most at Risk for Developing RSI?
Anyone who regularly completes tasks that require them to make repetitive movements or who works in fixed or awkward positions for a long period of time could be the victim of a repetitive strain injury. There are four occupations in particular that are at high risk:
- Office workers who do a lot of typing and clerical work
- Manual workers such as bricklayers and carpenters
- Process workers who work on assembly lines or complete packing duties
- Piece workers such as seamstresses
Of course, other jobs can cause a person to experience this type of workplace injury.
What Treatment Options Are Available for RSI?
Minor RSI can be treated with over the counter home remedies such as resting the afflicted area, using ice packs, and pain relievers. For more serious injuries, rehabilitation, occupational therapy, exercise programs, and even surgery might be required.
What Are My Options if I Have Suffered an RSI at Work?
You should consider if you are eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim. You can do so on your own or increase your chances of success by talking to a personal injury attorney. You can reach The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 562-222-0146 now for a free legal consultation.