Many different injuries impact your ability to continue working. Some injuries are the result of an accident. These aren’t the only type that can end your career. Some injuries are the result of having to do the same motions over and over again while you are working. These are known as cumulative trauma injuries.
Even if acumulative trauma injury doesn’t fully end your career, it could put it on pause while you work to recover from the injury.
Symptoms usually worsen over time
Cumulative motion injuries, such as bursitis and carpal tunnel syndrome, usually show up slowly over time. This means that you might end up ignoring them in the early stages when they are easier to treat. As the injury worsens, you likely start to realize that something is wrong that demands attention. It isn’t like the sudden realization that an injury caused by an accident comes with.
Treatment can take a long time
These injuries don’t happen all at once and treatment isn’t likely going to be fast either. Instead, you are likely going to be in for multiple trips to the doctor and therapy before you start to feel like you are back to your old self. The worse the cumulative trauma injury, the longer the treatment is likely going to take. Not only is this costly, but it can mean that you need to miss work. Filing for disability might help you get the care you need and a way to support yourself.
The injury might be more far reaching than you realize
Cumulative trauma injuries are likely going to impact your life in more ways than you realize at first. You are probably going to need to miss work while the injury heals. Sometimes, you might be able to go to work with restrictions and modifications. You might also suffer from psychological trauma as a result of the injury. Local fatigue and systemic fatigue are possible. This is due partly because of the stress and partly because of the nature of these injuries. In any case, this can impact your life even more than the actual injury.
Adjustments to work are likely necessary
Even if you are able to return to work, you are likely going to need your employer to make some accommodations for you when you do go back. These are likely going to be covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act, so find out about this if you are able to return to work eventually.