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What are overuse injuries?

On Behalf of | Feb 13, 2023 | Workers' Compensation

No matter what field a person works in, they are at potential risk of overuse injuries.

But what are these injuries? More importantly, what sort of impact do they have on the workers that suffer from them?

Repetitive motion problems

Mayo Clinic takes a dive into overuse injuries in workers. These injuries occur as the name implies, through the overuse of certain parts of the body. This overuse happens over a period of weeks, months or even years, through a repetitive motion.

Many jobs require repetitive motion just by the nature of the work itself. This extends to numerous fields, too. As just an example of the sort of jobs that have repetitive work, this list includes surgeons, chefs, massage therapists, hairdressers, bodybuilders, mechanics, assembly line workers, cashiers and teachers.

Needless to say, with such a wide spread of jobs potentially causing overuse injuries, this is an injury that has the ability to impact many people.

The trouble with healing

The worst part is the healing time. The only way to recover from an RSI is through proper rest. However, proper rest may take weeks or even months depending on the injury.

Naturally, not everyone has that much time that they can take away from work, especially paid time. This is why many people who suffer from RSIs on the job will take action to get financial compensation for the damage done.

This allows workers to continue paying for treatments while also taking time away from their job to rest and recover, so they can return once healed.