Can You Prevent A Work Repetitive Stress Injury?
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Can You Prevent A Work Repetitive Stress Injury?

by | Jan 4, 2019 | Work Injury

We have read through a new study from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. It tells us that women are three times more likely to suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome than men are. We want to go over some of their findings with you today.

The authors of the study say that the following can help people who are at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome:

  • When typing, only move your fingers and keep your wrists straight.
  • Take frequent breaks when performing require repetitive motions in the workplace.
  • Maintain good posture to reduce strain while at a desk.
  • Keep your computer monitor at eye level

At Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., we know that people in many different industries are susceptible to repetitive stress injuries and that they are comprised of more than just carpal tunnel syndrome. Unfortunately, employers still do not take these incidents seriously enough. If you need a Kansas City work injury lawyer, we are here for you.

What Is It?

Many people are confused by carpal tunnel syndrome even though most people have heard of it. There is actually a part on the underside of your wrist called the “carpal tunnel” that contains your median nerve and the tendons necessary for the movement of your hand. When this area is compressed, people experience all kinds of adverse effects: pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling in your arm, hand, and wrist.

CTS symptoms can be debilitating and can prevent people from performing at a high level. Currently, CTS affects as much as 2.7 percent of the US population.

The following activities see employees at the highest right of developing CTS:

  • Apparel manufacturing
  • Administrative work
  • Food processing
  • Scrubbing
  • Turning keys
  • Assembling small parts
  • Using air-powered hand tools
  • Using a laser scanner at checkout counters
  • Many more

Workers’ compensation insurance is in place to help people who are injured on the job, but CTS symptoms develop over time and are often not a problem until years after an employee has been on the job. Some people even need surgery to restore function and alleviate pain from CTS symptoms, a procedure that many people cannot afford without the help of workers’ compensation insurance.

While prevention is the best option, employers should always care for workers who sustain injuries while performing work duties.

What You Can Do Now

The last thing you expected to be dealing with was a work-related injury. Even more, nobody ever predicts an RSI like carpal tunnel. Unfortunately, these claims are denied by workers compensation insurance more than other types of injuries.

At Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., we want to make sure that you are compensated fairly for your injuries, regardless of how they happened at work. You deserve to have your medical bills and income covered while you heal, especially if your employer’s negligence contributed to your pain and suffering. When you need a Kansas City work injury attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 816-941-8949.