At Unicoi County Memorial Hospital, many patients seek treatment from Cedric Fernando, MD, for on-the-job repetitive stress injuries. Over the course of his career in occupational medicine, Cedric Fernando, MD, has handled numerous workers’ compensation claims.
Repetitive stress injuries often occur in the workplace when employees must make repeated motions or stay in a fixed position while working. Also called cumulative trauma, these types of injuries often can be prevented with an ergonomically correct work setup and enforcement of OSHA guidelines. Common repetitive stress injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, and cervical radiculopathy.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which the median nerve in the forearm experiences compression. This in turn causes pain, tingling, or numbness in the hands and arms.
Tendinitis occurs when tendons, which are the thick cords that affix muscles to the bones, experience pain and inflammation. Any tendon may be affected, but tendinitis most commonly is seen in the elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles.
Cervical radiculopathy is caused by spinal nerve damage that happens when vertebrae in the neck are compressed. The resulting pain can extend from the neck to the arms, chest, and upper back.