How to Prevent Repetitive Stress Injuries at Work

personal injury attorneyNo matter where you work, or the profession in which you work, there is always the possibility that you could suffer some sort of injury on the job. Injuries can range from minor to traumatic and leave you out of work for months to years on end or even take your life.

One of the most common types of injuries employees all throughout Florida suffer every year is a repetitive stress injury. The team from Scott J. Sternberg & Associates, P.A. provides some important tips for preventing repetitive stress injuries on the job in today’s post.

Common Repetitive Stress Injuries

There are a handful of different repetitive stress injuries that you can suffer on the job and all of them can cause you to suffer extreme pain and might even lead to surgery or extensive therapy. Some of the most common repetitive stress injuries include the following:

  • Tendonitis: when a tendon, which links a muscle to a bone, becomes inflamed or irritated due to being overused, you can develop tendonitis.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome: you have likely heard of this injury if you routinely type on a computer. When a median nerve in the wrist becomes pinched, you develop carpal tunnel syndrome. You will likely suffer from pain in your hand to numbness to tingling.
  • Synovitis: the synovial membrane is a lining of some of the joints in your body. It can easily suffer inflammation, which can lead to severe pain and discomfort.
  • Herniated disc: the cushion present between the bones of your spine is what’s known as a disc. A disc can easily rupture in an accident and cause severe pain.
  • Bursitis: bursae is a sack filled with fluid that sits between muscles, tendons, and bones. Repetitive motions and pressure can eventually cause these sacks to become inflamed, which leads to bursitis.

Avoiding Repetitive Stress Injuries

One of the best ways to avoid repetitive stress injuries on the job is to put yourself in an ergonomic setting. This can be difficult when you sit at a desk all day or have to routinely load and unload trucks on a loading dock, but it is very important to your health. Some ergonomic tips include:

  • Try standing every so often at your desk instead of sitting.
  • Use padding underneath your wrists for when you are typing.
  • Buy an ergonomic desk chair.
  • Wear a brace on your back or around your waist if working on a loading dock or truck.
  • Install soft padding on which to stand if you are on your feet most of the day.
  • Take frequent breaks if you are constantly lifting or moving items.
  • Wear supportive shoes and ankle braces if standing throughout the day.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

Have you suffered any of the repetitive stress injuries outlined in today’s post? If so, you need to protect your rights by seeking legal representation from a trusted and experienced personal injury attorney. Call the West Palm Beach office of Scott J. Sternberg & Associates, P.A. today at (561) 687-5660 to schedule a consultation. We always have the best interests of our clients in mind when building a case for compensation.

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