Repetitive Strain Injuries
An oft-repeated misconception surrounding repetitive strain injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, is that only workers who use a keyboard can develop such injuries. However, any action that requires a series of repetitive motions can lead to repetitive strain injuries.
This includes, but is not limited to, typing, knitting or sewing, playing a musical instrument such as the piano or guitar, repeated use of a hand tool such as a screwdriver or wrench, playing sports, and even performing repetitive tasks on an assembly line.
With increased media coverage of injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive strain injuries have come under intense scrutiny, and even criticism. A repetitive strain injury, by definition, does not present with a pathophysiological cause; there is no evidence of structural damage.
Additionally, studies have shown that psychological stress can increase the reporting of pain symptoms by almost two-fold. This has led many to question the validity of repetitive stress injuries, and many employers are reluctant to accept claims for them.
However, workers’ compensation attorneys Scudder Seguin PLLCunderstand that repetitive strain injuries are a real problem with real symptoms, and will fight to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve if you develop such an injury. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from a repetitive strain injury such as carpal tunnel syndrome:
- Hand, arm, or wrist pain
- Pain in these areas which becomes more intense with activity
- Pain which causes a lack of endurance or weakness
This article is not intended to serve as, or as a replacement for, legal or medical advice. If you have developed a repetitive strain injury such as carpal tunnel syndrome while at work, contact the Raleigh workers’ compensation lawyer of Scudder Seguin, PLLC at (919) 851-3311.