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Have you suffered Cumulative Trauma Disorder at work?

The term "Cumulative Trauma Disorder" may sound puzzling, but this is another name for a repetitive stress injury, which could affect many parts of your body, from neck to foot.

If you employ a repetitive motion in your line of work and are experiencing pain or discomfort, you may be dealing with CTD and could be a candidate for workers’ compensation.

The causes

The repetition of any motion that takes place while you are carrying out a particular task may lead to injury. For example, you may see a computer user wearing a wrist brace because of repetitive stress injury. Too many repetitions of a certain activity will do it. The condition could also be caused by overexertion, muscle fatigue, incorrect posture or an unnatural motion, such as twisting the arm.

The injuries

In addition to carpal tunnel syndrome, you could experience tendonitis, bursitis, trigger finger or tennis elbow. While the condition most often affects hands, fingers, elbows and wrists, repetitive stress can also affect your neck or back, hips, knees and feet. It all depends on the kind of work you are doing on a continual, repetitive basis.

The symptoms

You may only find it increasingly difficult to perform certain tasks. However, repetitive stress often affects the soft tissue, such as nerves, tendons, ligaments and muscles. You could, therefore, experience anything from tingling or numbness to outright pain. Many people will face a loss of flexibility or strength in the affected area.

The outlook

People who are assembly line workers or meatpackers might succumb to CTD, as well as tennis players, gardeners and carpenters. The good news is that most people can recover from their injuries. However, if the condition goes untreated, it can result in permanent injury. If you suspect you are suffering from CTD in your line of work, do not hesitate to see a doctor. A medical report will be valuable when the time comes for you to file a claim for workers’ compensation.

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