When a work-related injury aggravates or accelerates your arthritis or degenerative disc disease, you have the right to file for workers' compensation benefits. You are entitled to benefits that can include total or partial disability payments and a cash settlement, though outcomes vary case-by-case.
Types of work that can aggravate joint pain
Certain jobs make a person more susceptible to aggravating a preexisting condition like arthritis or degenerative disc disease. People are more susceptible to aggravating their pre-existing arthritis if they hold jobs that require them to perform repetitive motions, to endure high impact activities, or to remain sedentary for long.
Examples of such jobs include:
After a physical examination, a doctor may order further testing, such as X-rays to determine whether or not joint deterioration has occurred. X-rays can also detect if there is any fluid located in the joints or what may be causing pain. Blood tests can also be part of the diagosis process, as they help to ascertain the cause of joint pain.
Your doctor will likely prescribe rest, ice, compression, elevation, the
RICE method for treating joint pain.
He or she will provide you with a schedule for icing and elevating the affected area. This will help alleviate and improve your symptoms.
The right treatment plan can get you back to normal in no time!