Working in an office environment seems like the safest way to earn a living. This is certainly the case most of the time, but office workers can be at risk for serious injury the same as those employed in other, more physical industries.
Office injuries are more common than many people believe. Below you will find a brief list of some of the most common injuries an office worker could suffer.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: This type of injury often occurs from performing repetitive motions such as typing.
Bursitis: Again frequently caused by repetitive motion, bursitis occurs when repeated or prolonged pressure is applied to the bursa.
Tendon Injuries: Damage or irritation of the fibers that connect muscle and bone cause tendon injuries. They often occur near elbow, shoulder and other joints.
Muscle Strains: Even an office worker can strain his or her muscles by overreaching or otherwise stretching the muscle severely.
These are just a few common injuries that can occur in an office setting. Workers can also suffer from eye strain, lumbar problems and many other ailments. Workplace injuries such as these often build over time, making it difficult to pinpoint when the injury first occurred. As a result, many workers may ignore the symptoms until they become severe.
While most office injuries will abate with rest and medical treatment, it is important for workers to remain alert to the onset of a potential problem. Seeking medical care as early as possible is the best way to avoid missed work and lengthy periods of recovery.
Fortunately, workers’ compensation can provide victims of office injuries with resources to keep them afloat until they can return to work. Please visit our Pennsylvania workers’ compensation web pages for additional information about how to file a successful claim.