Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is a broad term that refers to any number of injuries that can occur when a person repeats the same body motion or holds the same posture over an extended period of time. For instance, typists are often at risk for a specific kind of RSI known as carpel tunnel syndrome. Those who work in factories in Alaska or elsewhere may also experience symptoms that suggest they have suffered injury to a tendon, muscle or group or nerves in one of their limbs or in their neck or back.
Medical attention may be needed if symptoms arise
It is always best to report adverse health symptoms to a physician, especially if a person believes that his or her condition is associated with an injury that occurred in the workplace. The following list includes some of the most common symptoms that often occur in conjunction with RSI:
- Tingling or numbness
- Inflammation or swelling
- Sore muscles, tendons or joints
- Loss of use of a limb or other body part
- Lack of mobility
- Burning sensation
- Extreme weakness, especially in a specific part of the body
Such symptoms may be associated with various types of RSI, including bursitis, tendonitis, cubital tunnel syndrome and more. Receiving a proper medical diagnosis is a key step toward developing a treatment program.
Pain may be constant or come and go
A person who has suffered RSI while carrying out his or her normal duties in the workplace may experience sudden, unexpected pain or may develop chronic aching that never subsides. In fact, RSI in its most severe forms can be so debilitating that the person suffering from the condition is no longer able to work. When an injury has occurred in the workplace, an Alaska worker may file a claim workers’ compensation. In cases where permanent disability has occurred, other programs that provide financial supplement benefits may be available as well. Navigating the system can be stressful, and legal complications may arise, which is why it is always a good idea to consult with an experienced employment law attorney before filing a claim.