Repetitive strain Injury (RSI) is a condition that occurs when an excessive load is placed on the same muscle groups for an extended period of time. This may occur through repetitive typing on a keyboard without a break or lifting heavy loads. The symptoms of RSI include:
- Dull ache
RSI is one of the most commonly reported accidents at work. According to statistics published by RSI Action, an RSI-focused charity, over 4 million working days are lost each year as the result of RSIs. Recovering from RSI can be a long and arduous journey and it’s important to follow these steps in order to reduce the pain and begin the healing process.
The first step in recovering from RSI is to rest the affected area. If it is at all possible, refrain from doing the tasks which have led to the injury, if it is not possible to refrain completely from these tasks, try and decrease the frequency with which you perform them. This may include ergonomically adapting your keyboard.
Although anti-inflammatory medication has been found to alleviate the symptoms of RSI, a simple over-the-counter pain reliever may also be an effective way to combat the pain caused by an RSI.
Seek medical treatment
In severe instances of RSI, you may need to visit a physiotherapist who specialises in the treatment of RSI. Physiotherapists may offer a range of therapies such as:
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) where a mild electrical current is used to block pain signals.
- Ultrasound therapy.
- Infrared wave treatment.
In some cases, performing light exercises such as stretching has been found to help with the healing process. Some people even find exercise such as swimming to be a valuable aid in the recovery process. Be careful though, this is not always advisable and you should first consult with your doctor before performing any type of sport or exercise which could potentially exacerbate your symptoms.
Compensation for RSI
If you’ve suffered repetitive strain injury and you weren’t at fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for work accident compensation. By choosing Accident Advice Helpline as your legal representation, you can rely on the expertise and knowledge of one of the UK’s leading law firms with over 15 years’ experience in all areas of personal injury compensation. Freephone 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown