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The silent work injury that worsens over time

On Behalf of | Feb 19, 2024 | Injuries, Workers' Compensation

You go to work every day and focus all your attention on accomplishing your tasks carefully and efficiently. Because you are cautious, you do everything you can to avoid accidents and injuries from happening. However, accidents are not the only reason behind work-related injuries.

The very motions that comprise your daily routine can take a toll on your body. Repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) are the silent workplace hazards that can sneak up on you, causing discomfort and potentially impacting your ability to work.

What are the early signs of repetitive strain injury?

Repeated motions can lead to a variety of ailments. These conditions do not just appear overnight. They build gradually, often unnoticed, until the discomfort becomes hard to ignore. The key to addressing RSIs lies in recognizing them early. Here are warning signs that your body needs medical attention:

  • Stiffness in your joints
  • Pain or discomfort in the affected area
  • Swelling or redness in the affected area
  • Limited mobility or range of motion
  • Weakness or fatigue in the affected area
  • Tingling or numbness in the affected area
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

These symptoms are your body’s way of signaling that something is wrong. The problem with RSIs is that they can be difficult to diagnose and take a long time to develop. By the time symptoms appear, the damage may already be critical.

The importance of early diagnosis and treatment

RSIs may not be initially noticeable because the symptoms start as mild, but when left untreated, they tend to worsen and can cause severe impairment. Fortunately, Minnesota workers’ compensation system provides employees the benefits they need to recover from work-related injuries, including repetitive type injuries. If you are experiencing any of the signs and symptoms of RSIs above, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent further damage to the affected area and give you a better chance of making a full recovery.

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