Many Americans, especially those in blue-collar careers, pride themselves on being tough, which can include a willingness to work through the pain when the job starts to hurt. Physical jobs can often mean discomfort as part of your daily work, but there can also be pain that goes above and beyond the usual aches and pains you’ve felt on the job.

Unfortunately, ignoring the signs of overexertion such as cramping, pain in joints, or shooting pain in your neck and back could all result in worsening symptoms over time. You should be aware of how dangerous overexertion on the job actually is and how easily it can lead to missed work.

While you may already know that falls and caught-between accidents are two of the three leading causes of workplace injuries, you may not realize that overexertion is the top source of lost-time injuries on the job. If you develop an overexertion-related condition, you may be able to seek workers’ compensation benefits during your treatment and recovery.

Overexertion can result in debilitating workplace injuries

Anyone who has to perform manual labor as part of their job could potentially suffer an overexertion-related injury on the job. In some cases, especially in older workers with low bone density or secondary medical conditions, broken bones can result from an overexertion incident. Others may experience sprains or strains.

People can also develop joint issues, especially if they must repeatedly strain the same part of their body to perform their job. Anyone from a truck driver to a nurse could wind up suffering an overexertion injury that prevents them from continuing their same job. Overexertion can get worse when ignored, as the affected muscles, bones or joints likely require rest and treatment to heal.

Given that there are so many ways to hurt yourself through overexertion, it’s not surprising that just over a third of all workplace injuries that result in workers missing paid work time involves overexertion.

Overexertion injuries qualify for workers’ compensation

When you have pushed your body too far and wound up hurt, you could be in a situation where a doctor recommends weeks of rest in order to facilitate the best possible outcome. You may need compensation in order to cover medical expenses and lost wages.

Even if the injury slowly accumulated over time, provided that it is a direct result of your work, workers’ compensation benefits may help you cover your expenses until you can get back on the job.