Tendonitis, an inflammation of the tendons, is the most common repetitive use injury we treat.
Tendons connect muscle to bones, and they can be inflamed or injured along their course by repetitive movements. “Trigger finger” and “tennis elbow” are two common maladies that are actually tendonitis. Uncommonly, tendonitis is caused by a disease.
What are the symptoms of repetitive use injury?
In addition to pain, other common symptoms can include swelling, tingling, numbness, stiffness, weakness and sensitivity to cold or heat.
How soon should I seek treatment if I suspect a repetitive strain injury?
Don’t wait until the pain and functional loss is severe. In other words, if pain and loss of function are limiting your activities, seek medical help immediately. Even if you are experiencing mild discomfort and dysfunction, you may want to look at modifying your activities or work techniques to reduce further injury.
Carpal Tunnel and Tendonitis are common repetitive use injuries workers compensation may cover. The key is to get treatment and diagnosis as soon as possible.