Repetitive strain injury is one of the most common work-related illnesses and is particularly prevalent among office workers.
If you’ve been involved in an accident at work or you’ve developed a work illness, such as repetitive strain injury, you may want to seek advice regarding work-related compensation claims. Accident Advice Helpline offers a convenient, stress-free process, which makes claiming work injury compensation easy.
What is repetitive strain injury and how can you spot the danger signs?
Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a group of conditions, which are caused by repeated actions involving the same joints and muscle groups. It is usually found in the upper limbs and predominately affects office workers who spend a lot of time working with computers and typing every day.
Repetitive strain injury can cause a range of symptoms, such as stiffness, pins and needles, loss of sensation, restricted range of movement in the joint and pain.
Examples of RSI include carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow and frozen shoulder.
As these injuries are related to overuse, they get worse with time and the earlier you can spot the danger signs, the better. If you have some or all of the symptoms listed above, you should talk to your employer and see your GP.
How can employers reduce the risk of repetitive strain injury?
RSI is rife among officer workers, but there are some very effective ways of reducing the risk of these injuries and other related conditions, such as eye strain, back pain and headaches.
Regular rest periods are very effective, but many workers get carried away with a task and forget to take them; this is where EyeLeo software can help.
This easy-to-use programme is designed to flag up when a rest period is due and it also provides exercises, which help to prevent eye strain. Long breaks are scheduled and the computer freezes during this time to ensure that breaks are taken.
Other measures, which may be beneficial for preventing workplace illness and work-related injuries, include promoting good posture by providing adjustable seating and work stations, providing health and eye care cover for employees, and implementing voice recognition software.
Claiming compensation for a repetitive strain injury
If you think you may have a valid case for work accident compensation or you wish to pursue a work injury claim, call our Accident Advice Helpline advisers on 0800 689 0500, or take our quick and easy 30-second eligibility test online.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice