Common Federal Employee Injuries

Repetitive Motion Injuries

Repetitive Motion Injury

Repetitive motion injuries can severely impair one’s ability to do their job, or even perform their activities of daily living. A few examples of repetitive motion injuries are

  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • tendonitis
  • epicondylitis
  • cubital tunnel syndrome
  • tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • chronic back pain, and even
  • herniated spinal disc

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These are all valid injuries but often have difficulties in the workers compensation context due to the lack of an immediate outcry based upon a specific event. Accordingly, a report to a supervisor of the condition at the earliest reasonable time and a greater degree of substantiation by objective findings from your doctor are necessary to establish a workers compensation claim.

In the spine, repetition of the traumatic process or even chronic stress in the joint from these shearing and other forces results in thinning of the disc by the irregular articulation. As the disc abnormally wears, it thins which creates more irregular articulation.

An example of a problem that develops from irregular articulation is superior facet movement forward under the inferior facet of the vertebrae above it causing a chronic synovial reaction which extends to the underlying articular cartilage. The cartilage undergoes fibrillar change, softens and becomes rough and eroded.

Thus, ligament instability causes the irregular articulation of the vertebrae and the discs between them which in turn causes a degenerative condition that can result in serious and permanent conditions such as vertebrae spurring and disc disorders such as desiccation, bulging, and even herniation.

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