Physical Stress Injuries you Could Face on the Job
Physical stress injuries are also known as repetitive stress injuries. These are injuries that occur when too much pressure is put on a particular area of the body, such as a joint or a group of muscles. The results of this pressure include inflammation, swelling, and pain.
A physical stress injury can have a long-term impact on your ability to perform your job. It can even make it impossible for you to work for a period of time. If you have suffered a physical stress injury at work, consider filing a workers’ compensation claim to receive compensation for your medical bills and lost wages.
Examples of Physical Stress Injuries
A few examples of physical stress injuries that you can face in your workplace include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome from working at a computer;
- Back pain from repeatedly lifting and carrying heavy objects; and
- Joint stiffness from remaining in a particular position for prolonged periods of time.
Treating a Physical Stress Injury
Physical stress injuries are often treated through a combination of self-directed care and medical treatment. For inflammation and pain, a doctor may prescribe medication. Focusing on the affected area by doing controlled stretching and exercises, such as yoga or light weight training, is often part of a physical stress injury’s treatment regimen. Sometimes, these therapeutic exercises are conducted in physical and occupational therapy under a licensed therapist’s care. In rare cases, surgery is required to correct the damage done through a physical stress injury.
Individuals suffering from physical stress injuries are also encouraged to take steps to alleviate their own pain by avoiding foods that cause inflammation, such as dairy products and alcohol. Instead, individuals should seek foods that reduce inflammation, such as green tea and fish. Adding turmeric to foods can also reduce inflammation. Individuals might also consider using warm compresses on their affected parts to relieve pain.
If you Suffer a Physical Stress Injury as a Result of your Workplace Conditions
In order to receive workers’ compensation coverage for your injury-related expenses, your injury must have been directly caused by an event or condition of your workplace. In other words, the repetitive stress that caused you to become injured had to have occurred while you were at work performing the tasks of your job. Physical stress injuries are different from injuries sustained in accidents at work in that they develop over time, rather than as the direct result of one event.
Work with a New York Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
If you are suffering from any type of stress injury as a result of conditions faced on the job, you could be entitled to receive compensation for your injury-related expenses through a workers’ compensation claim. To learn more about the process of filing and pursuing a workers’ compensation claim in New York, set up your initial legal consultation with Robert A. Koenigsberg of The Robert A. Koenigsberg Law Office. Do not wait to make the call – workers’ compensation claims are time sensitive.