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Repetitive stress injuries and SSD benefits

Jobs can be repetitive. A person does the same thing over and over again. That repetition can be a good thing. After all, repetition is an important aspect of becoming good at a skill. But, repetition also carries with it risks. One risk is injury from overuse. In severe cases, these injuries can make it hard, if not impossible, to work.

The most well-known type of repetitive stress injury is carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition that afflicts many desk-bound workers. This condition involves wrist inflammation, which in turn twists or pinches a nerve traveling through the wrist.

But, carpal tunnel syndrome is by no means the only type of repetitive stress injury. Take, for example, "bursitis," which is often called "beat knee," "beat elbow" or "beat shoulder." This condition occurs when the sac in a person's knees, elbows or shoulders are swollen.

Another condition is "Dupuytren's contracture." This condition, unlike carpal tunnel syndrome, involves swelling of the hands rather than the wrists. It is caused when the deep tissue in a person's fingers and palms thicken.

These are just a few ailments that can plague New Jersey workers. In many cases, they will be merely uncomfortable. But, in some cases, they will go beyond discomfort and prevent a person from working. People in this more severe category may want to investigate whether their condition is grounds for obtaining SSDI benefits for injury. Seeking the assistance of an experienced attorney can help those in such situations proceed with a solid plan of legal action.

Source:, "Diagnosis of repetitive strain injury (RSI)," Dr. Ananya Mandal, MD, Aug. 8, 2012

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