Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) affect 1.8 million workers per year in the United States and cost employers and insurers between $17 billion and $20 billion annually. There are more than 100 disorders categorized as RSIs and they account for 30% of all injuries that result in time away from work.
Repetitive stress injuries have long been prevalent in factories and other blue-collar jobs due to the repetitive nature of the work. For the past 30 years, keyboards have been standard tools used by millions of employees, making RSIs common among white-collar workers. They aren’t “small” injuries. Repetitive stress injuries can cause workers to lose days or months away from work, or even suffer permanent disability.
If you have developed an injury you believe was caused by repetitive motion in your employment, you might be wondering if your injury qualifies for workers’ compensation. We can help you figure it out.
At the Law Office of Michael J. Orlando, the only type of cases we handle are workers’ compensation claims. After spending more than a decade as an insurance adjuster, auditor, and supervisor, attorney Michael J. Orlando decided to put that experience to work on the other side of the courtroom, representing injured workers in Beaverton, Oregon, and in Eugene, Salem, and Portland and throughout the state.
What is a Repetitive Stress Injury?
Musculoskeletal disorders involve the muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, and blood vessels. Repetitive stress injuries are musculoskeletal disorders, caused by recurrent use or improper use.
Among the most prevalent repetitive stress injuries are:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tennis elbow (epicondylitis)
- Ganglion cysts
- Trigger finger
Repetitive stress injuries occur frequently in the hands, fingers, elbows, shoulders, wrists, and thumbs; however, they may also involve the back, neck, hips, knees, feet, legs, or ankles.
Symptoms include site pain, site or radiating tingling, numbness, visible swelling or redness, or loss of strength, range, and flexibility.
Those most at risk for RSIs work in factories, meatpacking plants, carpentry, gardening, play musical instruments, sew, use computers, or play certain sports such as tennis. If your job requires you to position yourself or repeat the same motion over and over, you are at risk for RSI.