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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Signs of RSI

    Also commonly referred to as work-related ULD (upper limb disorder) or non-specific ULP (upper limb pain), RSI, or repetitive strain injury is a term describing pain in muscles, tendons and nerves caused by overuse and repetitive movement. It’s a common work-related ailment, so what are the signs of RSI and how can the condition be prevented?

    Signs of RSI

    Affecting predominantly upper body parts like the hands and wrists, elbows and forearms, shoulders and neck, signs of RSI usually develop gradually, can vary in severity, from mild to severe, and often include:

    • Aching, pain and tenderness
    • Cramps
    • Numbness or tingling, ‘pins and needles’
    • Stiffness
    • Throbbing
    • Weakness

    To begin with, signs of RSI may only be noticed while carrying out particular repetitive actions. Left untreated, symptoms could eventually become constant, with prolonged periods of pain. There may also be swelling, which can last for months at a time, within the area affected by RSI.

    Causes of RSI

    Related to overuse of upper body tendons and muscles, repetitive strain injuries can be caused by:

    • Participating in high-intensity activities for prolonged periods without resting
    • Poor posture
    • Working in awkward positions
    • Vibrating equipment
    • Cold temperatures

    Stress is also believed to contribute to the development of upper limb disorders. Working on assembly lines, computers and supermarket checkouts are just some of the jobs that could potentially lead to work-related RSI.

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    Employers and ULDs

    Working in an appropriately adjusted, comfortable environment is important if work-induced RSI is to be avoided. Your employer’s legal duty of care towards you includes trying to prevent workplace accidents and work-related illness, as well as ensuring anyone already affected by upper limb disorders is not at risk of their condition being made worse.

    Breach of duty

    Basically, your employer is required by law to assess potential risks of accidents at work and work-related conditions or diseases and take all reasonable steps to minimise these risks.

    If this is not done and you are injured at work or develop signs of RSI or any other industrial illness as a result, your employer is in breach of his duty of care and liable to compensate you for your pain and suffering.

    Claiming compensation

    Accident Advice Helpline work injury claim specialists can help you get your industrial illness or injury compensation quickly, efficiently and, as they will work for you on a no-win, no-fee* basis, without putting extra financial strain onto you and your family.

    Fill in our online compensation calculator or contact our helpful advisors on freephone telephone number 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, now to get your claim started.

    Date Published: April 29, 2016

    Author: Accident Advice

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