When you think about workplace injuries, one of the last things to cross your mind involves inflammation. Though falling and lifting accidents are very common in workplaces across Orange County, inflammation is a likely side effect that can have a long-term impact on the health and lives of employees. Chronic inflammation takes time to develop. It is more likely to develop in people who work in jobs that require them to perform functions that aggravate old and new injuries.
Inflammation often develops into chronic pain. It is not uncommon for some employees to suffer minor injuries and not get treatment. Some of them end up with chronic pain and inflammation several years later from performing the same job functions and movements. Here is a brief overview of inflammation and repetitive stress injuries.
How inflammation develops
Certain repetitive movements can result in overuse and weaken the strength and stability of the affected muscles, tendons and ligaments in the affected body parts. For example, workers who lift objects multiple times per day on the job are more likely to stress their backs and limbs. Employees who primarily use computers to perform their jobs are likely to stress the muscles and ligaments in their arms, wrists, hands and fingers.
The impact of inflammation on employee health
Pain and inflammation are disruptive to workplace productivity and cause workers to miss many work days. People who suffer from inflammation and pain also have trouble sleeping and eating, as well as higher stress levels. By the time some individuals realize their jobs are causing their pain and suffering, the damage is irreversible. Ongoing treatment and support and modified work duties are often necessary to make their conditions more manageable. Chronic inflammation can still affect them in many ways for the rest of their lives.
Workers who end up with inflammation from overuse and repetitive stress injuries are eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. If you suspect your pain and discomfort stems from your job, you might want to speak with an attorney to learn more about the matter and options.