CT Injuries

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What is a cumulative trauma injury?

Cumulative trauma (CT) injuries are also known as repetitive stress injuries. CT injuries can occur from repeated motions or actions over time, leading to tissue damage and pain among other things.

These injuries can affect various parts of the body, including the hands, wrists, arms, neck, back, and legs. Common examples of cumulative trauma injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and trigger finger.

Risk Factors

Risk factors for cumulative trauma injuries include performing the same motion repeatedly, using forceful movements, and having poor posture. People who engage in repetitive motions at work or during leisure activities, such as typing, playing musical instruments, or sports, are particularly susceptible.

Prevention and Treatment

Cumulative trauma injuries are often prevented by taking breaks, using proper posture and equipment, and changing up repetitive motions. Early detection and treatment of symptoms is crucial in preventing further tissue damage and reducing the likelihood of chronic pain. Treatment options may include physical therapy, medication, rest, and ergonomic modifications to the work or leisure environment.

Talk to a Doctor

Consult with a medical provider if you believe you may have suffered a cumulative trauma injury. Notify your employer if it is a work-related injury.