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What are the chances of long term damage from a serious repetitive motion injury?

My partner works in a job where she needs to make a combing motion all day with her dominant arm. She's had trouble with her arm, shoulder, and neck since beginning the job a few years ago. It's gotten to the point where these are her symptoms at the end of a long day:

-Neck and shoulder pain
-Hand tremors
-Numbness and tingling in two fingers
-Shooting pain down the arm when moving it
-Loss of grip towards the end of the day

She's done physical therapy in past, but it's too expensive to continue. She has muscle relaxers she can use but they basically knock her out and she can't just sleep all day.

The question is this: what are the chances of long term damage if she continues in this job for another 6 months? Is this the sort of thing where it hurts a lot, but the body will recover once she moves on to a different job at that time? Or is she doing serious damage to her shoulder/neck/arm if she continues this for that long?

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This WebMD article may be of interest: https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/repetitive-motion-injuries

There is no crystal ball for knowing exactly at which point long term damage will result from repetitive motion injury, but the longer she does the same motion that exacerbates the pain, the higher the risk of long term damage.

In the short term, she should bring this to the attention of her employer, as she may be qualify for workers compensation. In the long term, she should start looking for another position within the same company or maybe a different job altogether. It is no use making money if it puts her health at risk.

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