Repetitive Stress Injuries
Repetitive stress injuries (also known as repetitive motion disorders) are among the most common grounds for workers’ compensation claims in the US. These injuries can result whenever a person makes a certain repetitive movement throughout the day. Office workers, athletes, custodial workers, and factory employees can all be at risk for this painful condition.
If you have been diagnosed with a repetitive motion injury, or think you may be suffering from one, you should immediately seek medical care. This type of injury can become much worse over time if it is not treated, possibly even requiring surgery. To learn about receiving compensation for your medical expenses, contact the Des Moines repetitive stress injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600.
Causes of Repetitive Stress Injuries
Most of repetitive stress injuries can be diagnosed as either tendonitis or bursitis, and sometimes both. Tendonitis is an inflammation of a tendon, a type of tissue that connects muscle to bone. Similarly, bursitis is an inflammation of bursae, which are fluid-filled sacs between tendons and bones.
Tendonitis and bursitis can occur at joints that are frequently and repeatedly moved in a certain way. For example, avid tennis players often suffer from tennis elbow, which is actually tendonitis of the elbow joint. People who must stand and kneel often throughout the day, such as maids, sometimes develop bursitis of the knee.
Symptoms of Tendonitis and Bursitis
The primary symptom of tendonitis is pain around the affected area. This pain usually spikes when the inflamed joint is moved. Sometimes the skin over the injury is warm to the touch.
Bursitis is also characterized by pain in the affected area. This area may also become red, swollen, and very sensitive to touch. Many people with bursitis find themselves unable to fully move the affected joint. If the cartilage in the joint has been worn down by stress, there can be an additional symptom called crepitus, a grating or crackling sensation when the inflamed area is touched.
If you have received medical care and/or missed work due to a repetitive stress injury, workers’ compensation can help cover your expenses and lost wages. To learn more, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.