Of the injuries you could suffer on the job, one that is possible in almost any workplace is a repetitive-stress injury. The body parts that have a high potential of suffering from injuries due to repetitive stress are the hands.

As you may know, the hands are complex. They are made of tendons, bones, nerves and muscles. With over 25 bones in each hand, it’s no wonder that it’s easy for them to become injured.

What’s the most common kind of repetitive-strain injury to the hands?

For the hands, the most common type of repetitive-strain injury is tendonitis. This is simply the inflammation of the tendons, which connect the muscles to the bones. Tendonitis in the hands can cause trigger finger, tennis elbow and other common ailments.

What are some symptoms of repetitive-strain injuries?

Some common symptoms of repetitive-strain injuries include:

  • Stiffness
  • Weakness
  • Sensitivity to cold or heat
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Swelling

If you suspect that you have a repetitive-strain injury to one or both of your hands, make sure you don’t wait too long to get help, or the injury could worsen. If both pain and a loss of function have been limiting your activities, then you need to seek medical attention right away. You can pursue workers’ compensation to help cover your medical care, physical therapy and other medical treatments you may need to recover.

Your attorney can help you make your claim. If your claim is denied, speak with your attorney about appealing the denial and proving that your repetitive-strain injury is a result of the work you do on the job.