Some jobs obliged workers to repeatedly do some actions or movements for more than a couple of times. The nature of the job where repetition is common can cause painful injuries. The injuries usually affect the shoulders, knees, backs, hands and other joints.
Most workers in Georgia suffers work-related repetitive motion injury like carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis. And those affected employees are entitled to worker’s compensation benefits.
What are the common Work-Related Repetitive Motion Injuries?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Compared to the common neck and back injuries, carpal tunnel is a hand injury. It is an injury common to workers that are working in manufacturing business such as sewing, poultry, assembly-line work and fish processing. The common symptoms of this injury include numbness or tingling feeling in the fingers, burning, difficulty in gripping and discomfort both in forearm and wrist.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is an injury that can damage the median nerve and cause pain in the arms. The treatment for this injury involves stabilizing the injured part and complete rest. Also, it is an injury that will be needing rest from work for a long period. Some serious cases of carpal tunnel injuries require surgery.
Tendonitis is an injury that results from repeated motions done as part of normal work activities. It is a type of injury that involves repeated overuse of tendons connected to the bones and muscles.
Tendonitis usually occurs to senior or middle-aged workers due to overuse of the tendons. Often, these tendons swell and inflame in the upper arm, Achilles tendon, and hand.
Besides the common work injury caused by accidents, repetitive motion injuries are also common in the workplace. With these kinds of injuries, workers and employees extend to have a certain rest period with pay included in the company’s health coverage.