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How can repetitive stress injuries seriously harm you?

On Behalf of | Nov 14, 2022 | Railroad Accidents & FELA claims |

As the amount of time you work with trains increases, feelings of pain in your body may become more obvious and frustrating.

Repetitive stress injuries can seriously impair your ability to complete everyday tasks like driving or lifting items. Learning more about the kinds of these injuries and how they happen to people working on railroads is important.

Weaker hands and joints

According to the Cleveland Clinic, overuse of your limbs can lead to tendinitis, which affects how much you can lift heavy items and bend your arms and hands. Sharp increases in pain whenever you attempt to use your wrist or elbow make impact your ability to complete your job.

You may notice redness and swelling as time goes on, and it could be harder to use your fine motor skills without pain.

Tears in knees

When your muscles and tendons do not get enough rest during the day or are stuck in the same straining pose for a long amount of time, you may suffer from trauma. You could notice an increasing sense of numbness as the injury itself becomes worse over time. When you need to use your legs or bend your knees in order to operate a train, you risk repetitive stress injuries getting worse.

Serious shoulder and neck pain

Continual vibrations and unusual amounts of pressure on your shoulders or neck can lead to lasting pain. If you often lift your arms above your head for long periods of time, you could also suffer from repetitive shoulder injuries.

When working with trains, being aware of how repetitive motions can lead to injuries can help you understand what steps to take next.