Workers who repeatedly perform the same tasks in the workplace could cause temporary or permanent damage to their bodies. Repetitive Motion Disorders (“RMDs”) include several muscular conditions that can result from repeated motions during a normal day. Jobs such as assembly line work, long periods of typing or carpentry often have repeated motions. Motions include twisting, overexertion and muscle fatigue. Commonly effected areas are joints, such as hips, knees, ankles, elbows and shoulders.
Unfortunately, RMDs are commonly not observable without medical imaging technology, such as MRIs or CAT scans. However, those suffering from an RMD can feel pain, tingling, inflammation, numbness and loss of strength or range of motion long before a visit occurs with a medical professional. When visiting a physician, patients may learn that they have one of many types of RMDs, including tendonitis, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger or ganglion cysts. Although none of these conditions are pleasant to experience, treatment plans can greatly improve or eliminate the conditions.
Recovering for RMDs in the workplace
Employers who know certain jobs are prone to repetitive movements need to implement safety precautions for their employees. Those curious to learn more about what their employers offer can discuss the concerns with the person in charge of workplace safety. Employees may also need time to rest the areas causing pain, seek additional therapeutic support and learn how to perform the same tasks using alternative methods. Seeking help as soon as repetitive movements cause problems in the workplace is essential for documentation purposes.
Employers unwilling to provide support to their employees can face significant consequences. Employees can help themselves prevent further injuries, medical bills and other financial distress by asking employers to find workplace solutions. Whether the right questions and requests are being asked can be stressful, but a supportive legal team can provide guidance and support to aid in effective recovery.