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3 signs you may have a repetitive strain injury

On Behalf of | Apr 23, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

Repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) are injuries that result from repetitive movements or overuse of muscles and tendons. These injuries affect workers who engage in tasks that require repetitive motions, prolonged periods of physical activity or awkward postures, such as computer users, assembly line workers, musicians, athletes and manual laborers.

If you are a worker at risk of repetitive strain injuries, it’s important to be mindful of early warning signs. The following are examples of signs that you may have developed an RSI.

Persistent pain

If you experience consistent or recurring pain in specific areas of your body such as the wrists, hands, elbows, shoulders, neck or lower back, especially during or after performing repetitive tasks, it could be a sign of an RSI. This pain may range from dull and achy to sharp and stabbing and it may worsen with continued activity. Ignoring persistent pain can lead to further complications and hinder your ability to perform daily tasks or job duties effectively.

Loss of strength and coordination

A decrease in strength and coordination in the affected area is another common sign of a repetitive strain injury (RSI). You may notice a weakening of grip strength, muscle strength or coordination, making it challenging to perform tasks that were previously manageable. This loss of strength and coordination can impact your ability to perform job duties effectively and may lead to difficulties in carrying out daily activities.

Numbness and tingling

Another sign that you may have developed a repetitive strain injury is experiencing numbness and tingling sensations in the affected area. These sensations, often described as “pins and needles,” can occur intermittently or persistently and may indicate nerve compression or irritation due to repetitive strain. Numbness and tingling are commonly reported in areas such as the wrists, hands, elbows or fingers and may be accompanied by weakness or discomfort.

If you suffer a repetitive strain injury in the course of your work, you may be able to claim workers’ compensation benefits to cover medical expenses, rehabilitation costs and lost wages incurred as a result of the injury.