A repetitive strain injury can be a serious work-related ailment. It often starts off with minor joint or muscle pain, which then occurs more frequently the more you repeat the movements that caused the pain. If nothing is changed or treated this can eventually cause a severe work injury, causing a substantial level of pain that could potentially require surgery to correct the damage caused.
What types of movement caused repetitive strain injuries?
In theory, most movements if repeated consistently, for a long period time, could cause repetitive strain injury; however, the majority of cases are from movements such as typing at a keyboard, manual work and a very common work injury claim, carrying heavy loads.
How can carrying heavy loads cause repetitive strain injury?
When carrying a heavy load you are often putting extra pressure and strain on muscles such as the back and the wrists. If this movement is repeated consistently over a long period of time that pressure and strain will become more severe and could lead to a repetitive strain injury.
How do I treat a repetitive strain injury?
In the early stages of repetitive strain injury, where the pain is only minimal but noticeable, make sure you rest that limb as much as possible. When able, decrease the amount of time you spend doing those tasks which are causing the pain.
If the pain is getting too much perhaps consider consulting your GP and discuss taking some time off work, to enable you to rest and recuperate, so that the repetitive strain injury does not become permanent.
In the case that you find your work injury becoming too much, and if the pain is not subsiding after a period of rest, then you should seek further medical advice. This may result in prescription of anti-inflammatory medication, but in more severe work injury cases, a referral to hospital for necessary procedures.
Claiming compensation for a repetitive strain injury
Repetitive strain injuries can be a serious condition if not recognised and action taken early on.
If you have sustained a work injury within the last three years, that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a claim. Speak to an Accident Advice Helpline adviser via our Freephone number 0800 689 0500. Lines are open 24 hours, seven days a week.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice