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A repetitive stress injury (RSI), such as wrist tendonitis, is a common work injury that results from repetitive motions, such as typing on a keyboard or working factory assembly jobs. When employees are injured during the routine performance of their job, their injury should be covered under Workers’ Compensation benefits.
The most well-known type of RSI in the wrist is carpal tunnel syndrome, which causes painful symptoms as a result of inflammation pressure on the nerves in the wrist. Tendonitis, in contrast, causes damage to tendons, which are tissues that connect muscles to bones. Tendons provide muscle-bone connectivity throughout the body, making tendonitis possible in areas other than the wrist as well. It is worth noting that similar tendonitis injuries in other areas of the body are also eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits if the injury occurred as a result of performing work duties. Though wrist tendonitis is very different from a RSI, many of the symptoms and treatments are the same for both types of injuries.
The symptoms of tendonitis in the wrist are similar to those caused by the more-familiar carpal tunnel syndrome. Wrist tendonitis sufferers experience pain and loss of feeling in their wrists and hands. Their dexterity and grip strength may also be affected.
If the symptoms are diagnosed as tendonitis early enough, further injury can be avoided. Mild cases of wrist tendonitis may require rest or temporary avoidance of the offending motion. Use of a wrist brace or splint may protect the area from further injury. Anti-inflammatories may ease symptoms. Sufferers may also benefit from physical or massage therapy as well.
More severe wrist tendonitis injuries may require surgery to correct, especially if nerve damage is present. As is customary during any post-surgery recovery period, there will be some doctor-recommended limitations, which are likely to include avoidance of wrist-related work activities during healing.
If you suspect that your job is causing your tendonitis symptoms, it is imperative that you notify your employer. A responsible employer will take the issue seriously and provide ways to address your condition. Your boss may take the suggestions of your doctor or an on-site medical professional to alter your work tasks to avoid aggravating your injury. Frequent breaks may be instituted. Wrist guards, braces, or other equipment may be provided.
Workers’ Compensation laws vary among jurisdictions. An experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer in your area should be able to help you file for the benefits you deserve. You may be able to collect Workers’ Compensation benefits to help with medical bills, as well as the economic impacts caused by your injury, such as wages lost during treatment and recovery. Additional Workers’ Compensation benefits may be available to deliver damages for an injury that results in permanent impairment or other ongoing health problems, especially if they prohibit your return to normal work.
Often starting out as mild symptoms, tendonitis work injuries can become serious. If you suffered a work injury, speak to a Bear DE Workers’ Compensation lawyer at Rhoades & Morrow today. We have the experience to help you obtain the benefits you deserve. Contact us online or call us at 302-834-8484 for a free consultation. Located in Bear, Wilmington, and Milford, Delaware, we represent clients throughout the state, including the areas of Elsmere and Seaford.