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Is the lingering discomfort you feel a work injury?

If you've been experiencing pain and discomfort, either off and on or consistently, and you aren't sure what's causing it, you may want to learn more about repetitive strain injuries. Especially if you work in an environment where you hold the same posture or repeat the same tasks over and over again.  

Repetitive strain injuries occur over time. As you use various parts of your body, especially muscles or tendons or certain joints, you place stress on your body that may develop into a chronic injury over time. Some jobs are more likely than others to cause this type of injury, which can be so severe that those who suffer may be unable to return to work. If you believe you've suffered a workplace injury, you may want to talk to someone about how to file a claim for benefits.     

Signs of RSI 

If you're walking past a shelf at work and something heavy falls on top of you, evidence of your injury might be immediately apparent. However, if your body develops an RSI, you could still be functioning for months or years without realizing the full scope of your situation. The following list includes symptoms that should prompt you to seek medical attention and to mention your concerns regarding RSI to your physician: 

  • If you suffer any loss of sensation in your fingers, toes or other appendages
  • If your limb or other body part feels like the pins and needles feeling you get when your foot falls asleep
  • If you experience throbbing pain that doesn't subside for significant lengths of time 
  • If you experience throbbing, stabbing pain, or inflammation 

It's important to trace the cause of your repetitive strain injury, especially if you are preparing to claim benefits. Once you have identified the cause, you can pursue thorough medical treatment, any living assistance you might need as well as financial benefits to which you may be entitled to help make ends meet and replace lost wages if you lose time from work temporarily or permanently.  

Common causes of RSI 

If one or more of these issues apply to your situation, you may want to document the details of your situation then take the necessary steps to report your condition. The following list shows the most common causes of repetitive strain injuries: 

  • Awkward posture on the job 
  • Carrying heavy loads on a regular basis 
  • Tasks that place a lot of pressure on bones or muscles 
  • Using machinery or equipment, such as a jackhammer 
  • Repeated work in freezing cold environments 

A doctor will likely categorize your RSI according to type. If you have type one, your injury is probably mostly affecting your bones and joints or muscles and tendons. Type two often includes nerve damage. You can talk to other workers who have experienced similar injuries to see if they think there's anything you can do or say to expedite the process of seeking benefits.

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