Generally related to repetitive stress in a work environment, occupational injuries are approached differently than injuries resulting from a single incident or accident. Patients suffering from an occupational injury often perform daily tasks that are repetitive and involve the same joints, tendons and muscles in a targeted region – such as computer operators, assembly line, construction, or factory workers. While other types of occupational injuries may involve accidents in particularly hazardous settings, repetitive stress injuries are among the most common.
These types of injuries are addressed with particular attention to the manner in which the task prompting the injury is performed. Part of the treatment plan involves retraining the manner in which tasks are performed in order to better distribute the stress, or load that the targeted region of the body absorbs. This type of retraining involves a shift in both the physical and mental approach to work-related tasks.