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
- Numbness or tingling, ‘pins and needles’
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
- 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.
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
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.
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