There are many types of injuries that can occur in the manufacturing industry. One type of injury that is particularly common is a repetitive motion injury.
What are repetitive motion injuries?
Repetitive motion injuries (RMIs) are a type of injury that occurs when a person performs the same motion over and over again. This can happen in any type of job, but it is especially common in jobs that involve repetitive tasks, such as assembly line work. The repetition puts stress on the muscles, tendons and joints, which can lead to inflammation and pain. RMIs can range from mild to severe, and they can even lead to permanent disability.
Common examples of RMIs
One of the most common types of RMIs is carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition occurs when the median nerve, which runs through the wrist, becomes compressed. Other common RMIs include tendonitis and trigger finger.
Tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendons, which are the tissues that connect muscle to bone. Trigger finger is a condition that causes the fingers to lock in a bent position. Other less common RMIs that lead to workers’ comp cases include rotator cuff injuries and epicondylitis (tennis elbow). RMIs can occur in any part of the body, but they are most common in the hands, wrists and elbows.
What should you do if you think you have an RMI?
If you are experiencing any pain, swelling or numbness in your hands, wrists or elbows, it is important to see a doctor. RMIs can often be treated with rest, ice and anti-inflammatory medication. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to relieve the pressure on the nerves or to repair damaged tendons.
Once a doctor addresses your RMI, you should get their report and file a workers’ compensation claim with your employer. Your employer should then provide you with workers’ compensation insurance, which will cover your medical expenses and lost wages. If your employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against them. Just remember that you will need evidence to prove that your RMI was caused by your job.