Repetitive Strain Injuries

What are Repetitive Strain Injuries?

At Allen Turner Law we have found that repetitive movements throughout the day often result in carpal tunnel syndrome. Working with sharp objects can result in lacerations/cuts. Lifting objects can result in tendonitis (inflammation of the tendons) or wrist sprains (tearing of cartilage). These are all very painful arm and wrist injuries which are common in Georgia workers’ compensation claims. Most of the time these injuries can be treated with medication, rest, modified activities and physical therapy. Occasionally, surgery will be needed such as a carpal tunnel release or ORIF (titanium pin and plate inserted to stabilize) a wrist fracture caused by repetitive heavy work. It is not uncommon for doctors to use injections in the affected area before proceeding to surgery. If you do have surgery, it is very important to have post-operative physical therapy to regain range of motion as soon as possible. The success and range vary according to the severity of the energy.

Workers employed in jobs that require repetitive movements of the hand and wrist can result in the development of carpal tunnel syndrome. Without rest breaks and other precautions, office workers, cashiers, workers on assembly lines, and many others are at risk for the development of this disability that causes numbness, weakness, tingling and pain in the hand, fingers, and sometimes the arm and shoulder.
In addition to repetitive motions, awkward hand and wrist positions, strong gripping, vibration, and mechanical stress on the palm of the hand can all contribute to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome. Although most commonly thought of as an office worker’s disorder…. mechanics, locksmiths, meat cutters, wait staff, and musicians have all been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome.

What is Carpal Tunnel?

In brief, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be diagnosed in a variety of ways. Our clients generally use one of two common types of diagnostic tests. These are the Tinel’s and Phalen’s test where the test identifies tingling in the fingers from nerve damage. Doctors can use electromyography to find damage. This is accomplished by placing electrodes on your arms to determine the quality of nerve transmission. The potential treatments depend on how severe the carpal tunnel injury is. Doctors often prescribe anti-inflammatory, splints and pain relief drugs to help the injured worker. Physical therapy can also help to restore the nerve, but severe nerve damage may not allow for PT to be as effective.
If you have a carpal tunnel, arm, or wrist injuries and need legal advice, please contact Allen Turner Law.

What are Arm and Wrist Injuries?

“Arm and Wrist Injuries” are very common in the workplace. These injuries can happen in the workplace and they don’t need to be as a result of a specific incident. People can suffer arm and wrist injuries as a result of repetitive and consistent use (such as keyboarding, using the mouse or working with your hands all day in a factory)

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