Wrist injuries that occur on the job have the potential to be career-ending in some cases. Whether there are broken bones or there is damage to the tendons, a wrist injury can be difficult to live with, painful and tough to treat.
All kinds of injuries and illnesses can make a person’s wrist difficult or impossible to use. For example, some common injuries and illnesses that may occur on the job or due to repetitive strain include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Ganglion cysts
- Kienbock’s disease
- Repetitive stress and strain injuries
- Sudden impacts, like falls
It’s important to get medical care for a broken or injured wrist as soon as you can because many of these conditions can be treated. However, if you wait, the damage that is done may be progressive in some cases, so you may find that it’s hard to overcome without significant intervention, such as through surgery.
How can you prevent a wrist injury on the job?
To prevent a wrist injury, one of the best things you can do is make sure you’re using your wrist in an ergonomic position while working. Take regular breaks, and don’t be afraid to tell your employer if your wrist is hurting or if you need to take a rest day.
Falls are a common cause of wrist injuries, so wear sensible shoes and watch out for hazards in the workplace. If you do fall, try not to catch yourself on outstretched hands, since these can result in serious breaks to the bones in the wrist as well as damage to the muscles or tendons.
What should you do if you fall or hurt your wrist at work?
It’s important for you to take steps to minimize the impact of this injury as soon as you can. Tell your employer that you have been hurt at work, and ask them to call 911. If you don’t need emergency care, set up an appointment with your doctor and let them know that your injury is work-related. Then, talk to your employer about making a claim through workers’ compensation. This process will help you get your medical care and a portion of your lost wages covered.