Cumulative Trauma Disorder Law and Legal Definition

Cumulative trauma disorder (CTD) is a response to excessive demands that we place on our bodies - without giving them adequate time to recover between. It is also referred to as "repetitive stress injury" or "repetitive motion injury". Conditions such as Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are sometimes grouped together under the category of cumulative trauma disorder. Employers have recently begun addressing the ergonomic aspects of the workplace in areas such as lighting, computer keyboards and monitors, seating, and others, to address these injuries that are often work-related.

The following are types of cumulative trauma disorder:

  • Neck
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Shoulder
  • Impingement Syndrome
  • Elbow
  • Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Medial Epicondylitis
  • Radial Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Wrist and Hand
  • Intersection Syndrome
  • DeQuervain's Tenosynovitis
  • Guyon's Canal Syndrome
  • Trigger Finger and Thumb