What is a repetitive stress injury?

For some employees in Georgia and elsewhere, the workdays tend to flow together. He or she is required to do the same of similar tasks, making it feel like they are reliving the same day over and over again. For some workers, this constant routine works very well for them; however, for others, it poses some challenges. Nevertheless, when a worker not only does the same tasks at work but is required to do the same motions in the workplace, this could open up the possibility of suffering an injury because of this repetitive motion.

What is a repetitive stress injury? In simple terms, this is considered an injury caused by overuse. A person is repeating the same motion for hours on end, and after an extended period of time doing this same motion, a repetitive stress injury could present itself. For many, this injury is associated with computer work, specifically typing.

Since the early 1900s, this injury has been known. Additionally, it has been characterized as a disease or condition that can make it difficult to work without receiving treatment for it. Manufacturing workers make up a large portion of those suffering from a repetitive stress injury. In fact, many require arm splints, missed work due to constant pain and even surgical procedures.

No matter what line of work one works in, a repetitive motion injury is always possible. And when such an injury is diagnosed, it is important that workers understand their rights to seek workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ comp is a way to address the losses associated with the injury, such as medical bills, temporary disability, lost wages and other related damages.

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