Repetitive trauma injuries occur when repeated tasks, lifting, or sustained positions cause injuries to your muscles or nerves, causing numbness, pain, or loss of function. All kinds of workers can suffer from RTIs, including those involved in assembly line work, sewing, painting, meat packing, driving, stocking shelves, massage therapy, mechanical work, playing musical instruments, playing professional sports, or computer work.
According to OSHA, repetitive strain injuries are one of the United States’ most common health problems. It affects hundreds of thousands of worker and account for about 60% of job-related injuries. Because it is so common, many fail to realize that they may be entitled to workers' compensation for their injuries.
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While cumulative trauma injuries and repetitive trauma injuries can be similar, they are different in that a cumulative trauma disorder involves the body’s response to the trauma as it worsened, where a repetitive trauma injury can involve the weakness you experience.
Conditions associated with RSIs include edema, tendinosis, tenosynovitis, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, cervical radiculopathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, De Quervain syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, intersection syndrome, golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow, trigger finger, myofascial damage, radial tunnel syndrome, tarsal tunnel syndrome, and focal dystonia.
If you are experiencing pain, tingling, numbness, fatigue, weakness or clumsiness, you should consult with a doctor. If RTIs are not treated they can become permanent and irreversible.
Our Bakersfield workers’ compensation attorneys can collaborate with medical specialists to gain the insights we need to effectively handle your case. You deserve professional care, benefits and financial compensation and we are committed to fighting for these things on your behalf.