If you have ever done a task repeatedly for a long time, you know how painful it can be. The constant stress on your body can cause you aches and pains and leave you desperately seeking a Tylenol when you get home.

Unfortunately, in some cases, a Tylenol will not heal the pain entirely. If your job requires you to perform certain movements or motions over and over again, and you feel constant pain in the part of your body that you use during your job, you could be suffering from a repetitive motion injury.

A repetitive motion injury is defined as a muscular injury that comes from performing a motion over and over again on a daily or regular basis. Some examples include carpal tunnel, bursitis, tendonitis, ganglion cysts, or trigger finger. Sometimes, these injuries are the result of improper posture while working or not using correct techniques for lifting, typing, or working on an assembly line. Sometimes, though, simply the nature of the job means that you are overexerting certain muscles in ways that they are not used to, even if you are performing the job the way that you are supposed to.

Carpal Tunnel

Carpal tunnel syndrome is when a nerve in your wrist gets pinched. It can cause your fingers to tingle or go numb, as well as wrist pain. Carpal tunnel usually develops because of certain types of movement with your wrists or hands that happen repeatedly, especially typing. If you use scissors or a cutting blade regularly, you could also suffer from carpal tunnel. Carpal tunnel is usually treated by resting the affected area or by using a brace to hold the wrist steady, especially at night. Surgery can be used for carpal tunnel syndrome, but the surgery is not always successful and can sometimes make the symptoms even worse.

Bursitis

Bursitis is a condition that affects the small fluid filled pads, called bursae, among bones, tendons, and joints. The condition usually develops in shoulders, hips, or knees. It can make your joints very stiff and painful to move. If you perform a movement that irritates these pads in your joints and bones, like kneeling or lifting things repeatedly, it can cause you to develop bursitis. You can usually treat it with medications or injections of steroids, physical therapy, or sometimes surgery.

Tendonitis

Tendonitis is similar to bursitis, but it occurs when a tendon gets inflamed. Tendons are basically cords that attach muscle to bone, meaning that they are often strained during repeated motions or movements. A well known tendon is the Achilles tendon in the ankle, which can be very painful if pulled or strained. But you can develop tendonitis in many other places, such as your elbow, shoulder, base of your thumb, knee, or hip. Tendonitis can be very painful and make sitting, standing, or moving very uncomfortable. It can be treated or cared for if you do physical therapy, stop the movement that is causing the tendonitis, or even surgery if necessary.

Ganglion cysts

Ganglion cysts are lumps that develop along tendons or along joints found in your hands or wrists. The lumps are not cancerous, but they often are located near a nerve, and if they press on that nerve, it can cause pain or numbness. Sometimes, depending on where they are located, they can make it difficult to move your joint. The cysts may be filled with fluid, which can be drained by a doctor. Sometimes, the cysts can shrink on their own if you do not move the affected area. And in serious cases, the cysts can be removed surgically.

Trigger finger

Despite its fairly humorous name, trigger finger is a painful condition where your thumb will get stuck in a bent position and can be released or straightened with a snap. In some cases, the thumb will even get stuck in that bent position. This condition often comes from jobs that require repeated gripping of something, like on an assembly line or in a factory. It may be able to be treated using finger splints, exercises, or surgery for serious cases.

If you are suffering from any repetitive motion injuries because of your tasks at your job, you need to call a Philadelphia workers compensation lawyer as soon as you can. Your employer or their insurance company may try to prove that your injury was the result of movements outside of work, like sports or regular daily tasks. Your lawyer will help you prove that your injury came from the work you are required to do at your job so that you can receive your deserved medical benefits as an injured employee.

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