Repetitive motion injury, also called repetitive motion disorder (RMD), repetitive strain injury, or cumulative trauma disorder (CTD), is a musculoskeletal disorder which affect joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and blood vessels. It is one of the most common injuries in the U.S. suffered by those engaged in construction work, meatpacking, playing musical instruments, sewing, assembly line work and computer work. Repetitive motion injuries in construction work are usually due to a combination of any of the following risk factors: forceful exertions: awkward postures: static postures: mechanical compression of soft tissues in the hand against ridges or edges; fast movement of body parts; vibration while using power tools; and, lack of sufficient recovery time, like breaks and days off.
The most common types of repetitive motion injury are tendonitis, rotator cuff tendonitis, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), thoracic outlet syndrome, trigger finger, Raynaud’s syndrome,Bursitis
A repetitive motion disorder most commonly affects a worker’s hand, wrist, elbow, or shoulder; however, it can also affect the neck, back, hips, knees, legs, ankles and feet. Many managers are fast in denying employees’ application for Workers’ Comp. benefit, if the injury complained about is a repetitive motion injury. This is mostly due to the absence of visible signs which will clearly and easily manifest the existence of the injury complained about.
According to the law firm Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, many construction jobs involve repetitive motions on a daily basis, sometimes continuing for hours. If an employer fails to ensure that proper safety procedures are followed and does not provide proper accommodations, these jobs can easily cause a range of repetitive motion injuries, all of which can cause workers too much discomfort and pain. There are also cases wherein this injury can become so serious, making a worker incapable of performing his/her job, resulting in loss of income which can be critical for the support of the worker and his or her family.
If a worker believes that he/she has developed a repetitive motion disorder, he/she should neither give up nor dismiss any attempt to seek compensation. Seeking assistance from a highly-skilled personal injury lawyer or repetitive motion injuries attorney may prove to be advantageous in pursing legal action.