Unlike a blow to the head or back suffered in a sudden workplace accident, a repetitive strain injury is not the result of a single incident. These injuries build up over time due to performing certain tasks over and over.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is probably the most well-known type of repetitive strain injury. This affects the hand and wrist and can cause pain, tingling and numbness. It is typically the result of work that involves a lot of typing or exposure to vibrations from hand or power tools. It is a common work-related injury for office workers in Amelia and throughout the Cincinnati area.
Other repetitive strain injuries that workers can develop include:
- Tendonitis of the rotator cuff
- Tennis elbow
Besides office workers, construction workers, dental hygienists, cooks, bus drivers and musicians.
What treatment can I expect?
Usually, the first treatment option is RICE, which stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation of the affected joint. Your doctor may also suggest taking an NSAID to relieve the pain. Your doctor might also try steroid injections next. They can also suggest certain exercises and wrapping the area in a splint to protect and rest the injured muscles and tendons.
If you can still work, your doctor will probably suggest making adjustments to your work area to reduce strain on your muscles.
What to do if you are out of work due to a repetitive stress injury
In more severe cases, or when the standard treatments do not work, you may have to undergo surgery. Whether that happens or not, you may have to stop working for a long time before you are healed enough to do your job without further strain or pain. Workers’ compensation can help pay your medical bills and other expenses during that time.