Repetitive motion pain often indicates that certain job tasks could lead to a serious medical condition. As noted by OHS Online, nearly 30% of workers’ compensation benefits go to employees with musculoskeletal disorders.
Symptoms of MSDs include muscle pain or feelings of stress in nerves, tendons or blood vessels. Constant pain from torn ligaments or discs could serve as a warning that an employee faces a risk of developing a serious injury. It may also become a permanent disability if left untreated.
Repetitive motion injuries may lead to a serious MSD
Employees performing routine tasks place stress on their joints and their bodies in the same locations. Over time, repeated pressure could cause an injury or a disorder that prevents normal movement. A damaged shoulder, for example, may not rotate as it did previously.
As reported by Healthline.com, daily repetitive activities that affect the musculoskeletal system include lifting heavy items and sitting at a computer. Many companies require completing tasks quickly. Because of speed and repetition, employees often maintain poor neck and back posture.
Employees may qualify for both treatment and payments for recovery time
With prolonged muscle pain, swelling or weakness, an individual requires medical treatment. A physician generally tests a patient’s reflexes to determine whether nerve damage has contributed to an MSD or disability. Testing also recognizes conditions that affect soft tissues, bones or blood.
If physical deterioration resulted from the repetitive stress required by an employee’s job duties, he or she may apply for workers’ compensation. Benefits could include health care, physical therapy and payments to cover time off for recovery.
No matter how minor the pain seems, employees who perform repetitive tasks should consider seeing a doctor. To prevent serious MSDs or help alleviate the pain, early treatment could make a significant difference.