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Repetitive motion injuries and Social Security Disability

On Behalf of | Jun 16, 2017 | Social Security Disability Benefits for Injuries

Although some might naturally think of a work-related injury as the result of a one-time accident or other occurrence, many Houston, Texas workers, as well as others, may suffer from one of many types of repetitive motion injury. Like most other injuries, Social Security disability benefits may be available so long as a victim can meet the federal requirements in place.

Repetitive motion injuries are actually quite common and, in most cases, are not so severe that they would keep a person from working. Even common conditions like shin splints, a gamer’s thumb or a tennis player’s elbow are examples of repetitive motion injuries. As the name implies, these types of injuries are caused by a person doing the same thing over and over, which puts strain on the body’s tissue, including the tissue that connects muscle to bones.

What happens is that, while a person is repeating a motion over and over, tiny rips in the tissue open up. While this is not unexpected, the body does not have time to heal this tears as quickly as they occur. The end result is swelling, inflammation and pain in the area. Sometimes, the pain can be quite intense and make it difficult if not impossible to work.

One of the common types of repetitive motion injuries a Houston resident might hear about in connection with a Social Security disability case is carpal tunnel syndrome, which affects the hands and wrists of a person, usually a person who does a lot of typing. While using correct equipment and a proper typing technique can reduce the chance of this injury, in an age in which so many people rely on computers for work, this condition is common.

As with any other injury, Social Security Disability benefits for injuries are available for Houston residents who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome or some other type of repetitive motion injury. Of course, victims do have to be able to qualify under the rules of the Social Security Administration.