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What is 'repetitive motion disorder'?


Although the vast majority of our readers probably understand that there are many people who are employed in jobs that are potentially dangerous, they probably also know that there are just as many people who engage in simple and mundane tasks in their positions of employment. Some factory workers, for instance, may stand in the same place doing the same thing all day, and many people who work in offices may sit at the same desk and complete the same tasks day in and day out. The reality is, however, that even these workers may be putting themselves at risk for debilitating health disorders -- repetitive motion disorder, in particular.

What is repetitive motion disorder? There are a range of different conditions that fall within this area, with some more common examples being tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. Repetitive motion disorders can arise when a person does a task repeatedly and frequently, putting stress on some of the muscle, nerves or other soft tissue in certain areas of the body.

When a repetitive motion disorder occurs, the individual with the condition may suffer temporary effects, such as soreness or numbness. But, if the condition persists, it is possible for the effects to worsen, potentially leaving the individual with permanent damage.

If a person's repetitive motion disorder gets to the point where it may be considered a disability, that person may be facing a complete inability to work. People who find themselves in this type of position may want to apply for Social Security disability benefits, to help them cope with the costs of living with a disability.

Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, "NINDS Repetitive Motion Disorders Information Page," Accessed Feb. 6, 2016

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