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What is a repetitive motion injury?

If you perform some type of repetitive action as a normal part of your job, the chances are that you might develop a repetitive motion injury. You may associate repetitive injuries with carpal tunnel syndrome - one of the most common types of repetitive injuries reported and possibly the most talked about. However, there are many other types of repetitive motion injuries that you and countless other employees in Illinois are suffering from.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is often associated with typing and other light clerical duties, but industrial workers and others in more labor-intensive jobs may develop the condition. Similarly, a large variety of repetitive motion injuries plague workers across all industries. For example, you might develop problems with your shoulders if you regularly reach over your head to manipulate machinery or use power tools. You could have pain in your wrists or elbows from performing detailed work, such as sewing or painting. You could develop chronic pain in your knees from standing and walking all day in a construction or food service job.

According to eMedicineHealth, the most common types of repetitive motion injuries are bursitis and tendonitis. Tendonitis involves stress injuries to the tendons, usually caused by micro tears in the tendon tissue. Bursitis is pain caused by stress or impact injuries to the bursae, which are fluid-filled sacs that cushion the joints and tendons. The problem may painfully flare up without warning, or it can build up so subtly that you are barely aware of it until you begin to have trouble performing your job and doing everyday tasks.

You may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits if you develop repetitive motion injuries that require medical treatment or time off from work. This information, while meant to be informative, should not be taken as legal advice.

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