Done once, a simple motion does not seem to pose any health risks. Done thousands of times every day, that exact same motion can lead to some serious injuries.
Medical experts warn that these issues are common for both athletes and workers who have repetitive jobs. A common example is tennis elbow. Named for the pain and lack of mobility experienced by tennis players who serve the ball the exact same way every time, this problem can actually crop up for anyone who is required to make that same motion over and over again.
Can you avoid damage from a repetitive motion injury?
Often, these types of motions cannot be avoided on the job. Take office workers, for instance, who have to type all day, or construction workers, who have to swing a hammer. One day of typing or even a week working on a building doesn’t usually make a difference, but a 30-year career absolutely can.
The very inherent nature of these jobs means that workers cannot avoid those motions. They have to be able to carry out specific tasks to be effective and productive. They may find ways to take breaks, switch tasks or change their motions slightly, but they cannot just stop when they experience minimal pain. They have to keep working, and that can lead to severe pain from doing something that does not actually seem all that dangerous from the outside.
What are your rights if you’ve suffered a repetitive motion injury from work?
Are you suffering from a repetitive motion injury? If so, you need to know all of your rights as an American worker. You may be able to get compensation for medical bills, missed time at work and other related costs.