Posted On: January 30, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Exploring Cumulative Trauma Injuries Caused by Work-Related Disorders

Cumulative trauma is a term used for a number of injuries that affect ligament structures, muscles, and tendons. This type of trauma can occur when the body is engaged in repetitive movements and/or is in static postures for extended periods of time.

Cumulative trauma usually impacts the head and upper areas of the body.

Examples of cumulative trauma:
• Overuse syndrome
• Cumulative trauma disorder
• Repetitive strain injury

Conditions that can result from cumulative trauma:
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• Tennis elbow
• Trigger finger
• Golfer’s elbow
• Cervical syndrome
• Bursitis

Common causes of cumulative trauma:
• Use of excessive force when doing one’s job
• Working in a static posture for long periods of time
• Working at high speeds, such as when meeting deadlines in a newsroom or working as part of an assembly line
• High levels of psychological stress
• Fatigue affecting specific areas of the body

If you are suffering cumulative trauma as a result of your job, you are likely entitled to Illinois workers’ compensation benefits. This can help you get the medical care that you need. You may need the help of an occupational therapist or another kind of expert who can give you the tools and information you need to improve your condition.

Cumulative Trauma Injury,

Facts about Cumulative Trauma Disorder

In DuPage County, Will County, DuPage County, and Lake County, Illinois, contact our Chicago workers' compensation law firm today.

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