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Your hands are at risk of a repetitive stress injury

Depending on your profession, you may put a lot of stress on your hands every day. This can result in a repetitive stress injury that makes it difficult, if not impossible, to do your job.

Here are several of the most common questions associated with workplace repetitive stress injuries:

  • What are the most common repetitive stress injuries of the hands? Some of the ailments to watch out for include tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and trigger finger. It's possible that you could be suffering from more than one repetitive stress injury at the same time.
  • What are the symptoms of a repetitive stress injury? While they vary from person to person, common symptoms include tingling, numbness, swelling, weakness, stiffness and sensitivity to heat and cold.
  • When does it make sense to seek treatment? You can rest a repetitive stress injury to receive some relief, but medical intervention is often necessary for a long-term solution. Don't wait until you lose function of your hands or the pain is unbearable. Instead, seek treatment at the first sign of trouble.
  • What's the best treatment of a repetitive stress injury? This depends on many factors, including the type of injury, its location, symptoms and your age. For example, rest, ice and immobilization may bring you relief. However, in severe cases, surgery may be necessary.

If a repetitive stress injury is impacting your ability to work, consult with your doctor about the best treatment strategy. They may require time away from your job. A claim for workers' compensation benefits can provide you and your family with the money you need.

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