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Repetitive strain injuries: 5 things to keep in mind

Repetitive strain injuries are a problem that many workers face in the United States. Repetitive stain can be caused by any repetitive motions, from typing at a desk to using the same construction equipment each day.

The fortunate thing about these injuries is that they are typically preventable with good ergonomics and some adjustments to your day. Here are five things to do to prevent and treat repetitive injuries.

1. Choose good ergonomics

Good ergonomics make a difference. You should always try to sit up straight and to work in an ergonomic position. For example, if you work at a desk, your feet should be flat on the ground and your elbows bent no more than 90 degrees. This can help prevent neck and back strain as well as wrist injuries and carpal tunnel.

2. Learn preventative stretches

The next thing you can do is to learn some preventative stretches, such as one-arm wrist stretches, finger stretches, shoulder rolls and forearm stretches. Each kind of stretch can help by relieving pressure on the tendons, muscles and ligaments, keeping them mobile and reducing the likelihood of injury.

3. Ask for your workers' compensation

If you have the start of a repetitive strain injury, it's time to see a doctor. Let your employer know that you have an injury from your work and need to see a medical provider. They should be willing to help you file a claim and give you information on where you should go for treatment.

Don't be afraid to ask for workers' compensation if you're struggling with a repetitive strain injury. People are entitled to compensation for repetitive injuries, since they are caused by poor ergonomics and other issues in the workplace.

4. Ask for different duties temporarily

Sometimes, doing a different job gives your body the rest it needs to recover. If you're struggling with carpal tunnel, for example, asking for a speaking role instead of one as a typist could be helpful temporarily.

5. Take the time off you need

When you have a workplace injury that is affecting your ability to work, you need to take time off. You can take time off after seeing the workers' compensation medical provider in San Diego and making your claim so long as the provider approves your time away from the job. Many will if it means getting you back to health so that you can continue to do your work safely in the future.

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