Effective Strategies to Mitigate Repetitive Stress Injuries at Work

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Repetitive stress injuries, recognized for workers’ compensation claims in Oregon, present a complex challenge. Successfully navigating such claims requires proving the injury’s repetitive nature and work-related cause, filing it promptly, qualifying for disability benefits, and avoiding premature return to work. Assistance from a knowledgeable attorney can be invaluable in managing these claims efficiently.

Recognizing Symptoms of Repetitive Stress Injuries

Repetitive stress injuries result from continuous strain on muscles, tendons, and nerves, accumulating over time due to repetitive activities. Common symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Throbbing sensations
  • Muscle cramps
  • Weakness
  • Numbness or tingling feelings
  • Soreness or sensitivity

Practical Advice for a Safer Workplace

Repetitive stress injuries are frequent in fields requiring repeated motions, such as construction, retail, carpentry, desk jobs, writing, plumbing, and manufacturing. Implementing three straightforward strategies can significantly lower the risk of these injuries:

  • Practice Proper Posture – Ensure proper support for your back when sitting, adjust your monitor to eye level, and position your knees slightly below your hips. For standing tasks, keep your shoulders aligned, head upright, feet shoulder-width apart, and weight primarily on the balls of your feet.
  • Frequent Breaks are Key – Regularly adjust your posture and take short, frequent breaks rather than less frequent, longer ones. This approach helps to prevent strain and maintain productivity.
  • Incorporate Deep Breathing – Engaging in deep breathing exercises can ease overall stress, thus reducing tension in crucial areas such as the neck and shoulders, which are prone to injury in repetitive stress environments.

Given the specifics of Oregon’s laws regarding the timeline for filing repetitive stress injury claims, it’s critical to seek legal advice promptly if you’re experiencing symptoms. If you believe you’ve suffered from a repetitive stress injury at work, consider reaching out to Shlesinger & deVilleneuve Attorneys for tailored guidance on pursuing workers’ compensation.

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