Repetitive strain injury is caused when you repeat the same movements all the time, usually as part of your career. It is a painful condition which, if not treated early, can only be fixed or eased by surgery. This can affect many workers from hairdressers to athletes.
One industry these accidents at work affect quite a lot is carpenters.
How does this accident at work injury affect carpenters?
The main way this affects carpenters is through the continual, repeated wrist movements they do as part of their job. This is often through actions they would do whilst hammering in nails or screwing and unscrewing. All these movements, if continuously repeated for a long period of time without rest can eventually lead to a case of repetitive strain injury.
How to alleviate repetitive strain injury?
If you find that your wrist is feeling painful after work and does not ease off for some time then this may be an early sign of repetitive strain injury. To avoid this getting any worse or becoming permanent make sure you take breaks in between the repeated tasks which aggravate your wrists the most.
If you can, take some time off to give your wrists a chance to fully recover, but if you can`t try varying the jobs so that you are not doing the same wrist action all the time.
If you find that the pain is getting worse still, you should consult your doctor who may be able to prescribe something for the pain or any exercises to help the joint. This may help alleviate the work injury, but if it gets too severe you may eventually have to have surgery on the repetitive strain injury to alleviate the pain and pressure on the joint.
No matter how careful workers are, accidents can and still do happen at work. If you have an accident at work whether a repetitive strain injury or other injury that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim.
Accident Advice Helpline specialises in helping their clients claim the compensation they deserve. They make the process as simple and stress free as possible and many of their clients even settle their claims without having to step foot in court. Speak to the Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 to find out more about making a claim and how much compensation you could potentially receive.
Date Published: February 26, 2014
Author: David Brown