Some injuries are caused by a single traumatic event. Others, however, occur over time performing repetitive tasks resulting in overuse of the affected body part. If an employee engages in repetitive physical activities as part of his/her job resulting in a cumulative trauma injury, the injured employee may be entitled to workers compensation benefits.
Examples of cumulative trauma injuries include:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Cervical Radiculopathy
- DeQuervain’s Disease
- Low Back Disorders
- Ulnar Nerve Entrapment
Cumulative Trauma Injuries are treated in a variety of ways. Conservative treatment may include rest, physical therapy, medication for pain and inflammation and use of a supportive appliance such as a brace to support the affected area such as the wrist in the case of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Diagnostic tests such as MRI and EMG/Nerve Conduction studies are often used to diagnose the problem and decide on a treatment plan. If conservative treatment fails to alleviate the symptoms, then surgery may be recommended.