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5 fast facts about repetitive motion injuries

Repetitive motion injuries are painful and can have a negative impact on your ability to do your job. Without being able to do your job duties, you might not have an income. This means that you can't pay the bills that enable you to live. Employees who have a repetitive motion injury should know these five fast facts.

#1: Repetitive motion injuries aren't immediately noticeable

You won't likely notice repetitive motion injuries right away. These injuries usually occur slowly. A teacher who bends over a lot might feel like her back is a little stiff. That might progress to soreness that doesn't go away with home remedies. Eventually, she might find out that she has a repetitive motion injury in her back. The same progression might occur in a cashier's wrist if he is suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome.

#2: Treatment for these injuries is often intensive

Repetitive motion injuries usually require intensive treatment. This can include a combination of options, including medication, physical therapy, occupational therapy and even surgery. Some injuries require braces and other devices to enable them to heal and help prevent worsening of the injury. Ice or heat can also help. Almost all repetitive motion injuries require that you rest the affected area for a period of time to enable it to heal.

#3: Preventing repetitive motion injuries is often possible

Many repetitive motion injuries are preventable. Using proper movements for the job at hand can help. Ergonomic equipment, such as a keyboard, mouse or office chair, might also help to prevent these painful injuries. Employers who focus on choosing only the cheapest equipment and don't put safety guidelines into place might put employees at risk of developing a repetitive motion injury.

#4: Certain injuries are more common than others

Some repetitive motion injuries are more common than others. Tendonitis is the most common repetitive motion injury. Other possibilities include strains, carpal tunnel syndrome and bursitis. The type of work you do can put you at risk of specific repetitive motion injuries. A construction worker might suffer from repetitive motion injuries of the wrist, shoulder or elbow because of hammering and other common activities that occur on a construction site.

#5: Workers' compensation benefits might be possible

A repetitive motion injury that is the result of your job can lead to workers' compensation benefits. These benefits can help you to pay your bills through partial wage replacement if you must miss work. They can also help you to get the medical care you require for the injury.

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