Though workplace injuries are often associated with the severe accidents commonly seen in factory jobs, New York office workers like you aren’t exempt. In fact, it’s the office worker who often suffers from repetitive stress injuries, which can be quite debilitating.

Medical News Today reports that repetitive stress injuries, also known as repetitive strain injuries or RSI, can impact numerous areas of the body. They make it difficult for you to continue working, as they impact your ability to move. Having one overworked group of muscles can also cause you to overcompensate with another group. This leads to more overworking and more pain. Tenderness in certain areas can drive you to avoid using the strained spots, which can have an impact on your job performance.

RSIs that aren’t treated can cause long term problems, too. Muscular weakness may develop, affecting your ability to grip things or your overall arm strength. Repeated injury to the back can cause your back muscles to weaken, making you more susceptible to serious back injury in the future. RSIs can also have other health effects like migraines or headaches, loss of appetite, and trouble sleeping. On a whole, when left untreated, these issues can be very damaging to your overall health and happiness.

If you’re dealing with an RSI, you may want to consider getting it treated quickly. Though this isn’t meant to be taken as legal advice, it’s also possible to seek compensation for your injuries, which can help you to pay off any related medical bills.