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Manufacturing and production workers should know about RSIs

Manufacturing and production jobs are physically demanding

If you live in or near Folsom, you know how big the manufacturing industry is here. It is likely you know people who work in a manufacturing or production facility, or perhaps you are employed by one yourself.

Either way, you know the nature of the work in these facilities — long hours on your feet and making the same motions repeatedly. By the end of each day, you’re exhausted, but it’s honest work.

It is typical for physically demanding jobs like these to cause aches and pain in the body. After performing the same tasks day in and day out for years, you could develop what’s called a repetitive stress injury (RSI).

What is an RSI?

The term “repetitive stress injury” can refer to a wide variety of issues that can arise from repetitive motions. They are also known as “cumulative trauma” (CT) injuries. These injuries can also be brought on by:

  • Constant physical exertion
  • Vibrations
  • Compression
  • Holding unnatural positions for prolonged periods

Manufacturing and production jobs can lead to RSIs

Because of the nature of manufacturing and production work, they create the perfect conditions for RSIs. People usually are assigned to a specialized task within the facility, and they don’t get many opportunities to switch it up.

After overusing the same muscles and muscle groups for months or years, manufacturing and production workers may notice the symptoms of an RSI. These include:

  • Aches and pains
  • A throbbing sensation
  • Tingling
  • Loss of feeling
  • Weakness

How to prevent RSI

While people cannot radically change their job functions, there are a few things they can do to mitigate the effects of repetitive motions.

  • Take short breaks periodically
  • Stretch before, during, and after work
  • Care for their overall health by eating well and exercising
  • Get plenty of rest

What if I end up with an RSI?

Despite their best intentions, some people may still sustain an RSI. Luckily, there are ways to treat them. For mild injuries, icing or applying heat to the affected area, taking anti-inflammatory medication, or using a brace should do the trick.

However, for more severe injuries, medical intervention may be necessary. That means that you could be saddled with medical bills, and you may even need to miss work on top of that.

Seeking benefits through a workers’ compensation claim could provide relief to people in this situation. If you need help with a complicated claim, an attorney with experience in this area of law can assist you.