Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation and Repetitive Strain Injuries
As time goes by, you may begin noticing that performing your job is becoming more and more difficult. You can’t complete certain tasks as quickly as you used to. You’re continually stopping because the pain is too much.
Some may be quick to write these off as symptoms of getting older. However, age may not be the only culprit. You could be suffering from a repetitive strain injury (RSI). And if your RSI is work-related, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits.
An RSI occurs when someone repetitively performs a task that damages one or more parts of the body. Some examples include working with vibrating equipment, sitting in uncomfortable positions, bending over, heavy lifting, and typing.
Some of the most common conditions related to RSI include tendinitis, hearing loss, carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder/rotator cuff injuries, chronic neck, back, and joint pain; herniated discs, and aggravated pre-existing conditions. Symptoms include hurting joints, sore muscles, stiffness, cramps, tingling, and numbness.
If you are experiencing ANY of these signs, it is important that you get in touch with a medical professional immediately. Early detection can often prevent the injury from becoming life-altering. However, if allowed to progress, an RSI can lead to permanent damage.
Luckily, following a few basic safety procedures can generally prevent an RSI. These include :
• Changing tools or grips
• Stretching regularly and taking breaks
• Wearing proper safety equipment
• Utilizing proper ergonomics
• Maintaining a healthy lifestyle
• Using proper lifting technique
If you are suffering from a work-related RSI, your employer is required by Pennsylvania law to cover the cost of your medical bills, as well as the money you lose by not working during recovery. If your employer has denied you this right, contact a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney as soon possible.