Almost every worker out there, including you, faces the potential risk of overuse injury. No matter the trade, occupation, or status of the worker, these risks exist everywhere.
But what exactly are overuse injuries in the first place?
At-risk groups of workers
Mayo Clinic takes a look at overuse injuries. These injuries – sometimes called repetitive strain or stress injuries (RSI) – impact workers in all fields. They occur over a period of days, weeks, months or even years, and happen due to a repeated motion that uses the same part of the body over and over again.
To give an idea of exactly how varied the group of at-risk people looks, an example of a few professions include: hairdressers, physical therapists, surgeons, chefs, receptionists, teachers, assembly line workers, professional sports players, construction workers, auto mechanics, and much, much more.
This is because most jobs involve some form of repeated action due to the nature of a job in and of itself. Many people do the same thing day in and out. Over a period of time, this can aggravate the muscles, ligaments, tendons and even bones in the affected area.
Why rest is important
Unfortunately, RSIs come with serious consequences if a victim does not rest up and heal properly. Some people even end up needing surgical treatment to right these issues. This is why it is important to take an RSI seriously the moment that it happens.
Contact your workers’ compensation specialist for a free, no obligation consultation to learn more about your options. Call 610-892-9300 or reach out online.