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Common repetitive stress injuries in the workplace

On Behalf of | Dec 22, 2023 | Workers' Compensation

When you perform the same tasks consistently at work, it is not unusual to find yourself grappling with repetitive stress injuries. RSIs stem from the constant repetition and overuse of specific muscles or tendons, resulting in discomfort and pain.

Understanding some of the RSIs you may experience is key to preventing them and getting the help you need if they occur.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Many workers face the challenges of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and the National Library of Medicine notes that it accounts for 90% of all neuropathy cases. Numbness, tingling and pain in the hand and wrist are telltale signs of this condition, which is frequently brought on by prolonged use of keyboards and mice that compress the median nerve.


Tendinitis, characterized by inflammation of the tendons, is a common woe for those involved in repetitive tasks like typing or using tools. The inflammation causes pain, swelling and limited movement. Practicing proper ergonomics and taking regular breaks can go a long way toward minimizing the risk.

Tennis elbow

Contrary to its sporty name, tennis elbow does not discriminate and can affect anyone engaging in repetitive arm movements, such as lifting or carrying objects. The pain and tenderness on the outer part of the elbow are familiar sensations for those familiar with this condition.

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

If you regularly perform gripping and twisting activities like using a screwdriver, De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis may be a familiar foe. This condition targets the tendons on the thumb side of the wrist, resulting in pain and swelling.


Professions involving repetitive motions also often lead to bursitis, the inflammation of fluid-filled sacs that cushion joints. Whether it is due to frequent overhead lifting or reaching, shoulder bursitis can set in, causing pain and restricting movement.

As with any on-the-job injury, your employer bears responsibility for repetitive stress injuries that are clearly tied to your work duties. While advocating for strategies to prevent these injuries is important, know that worker’s compensation laws protect your rights if you experience an RSI.