There are many different causes of repetitive strain injury but the underlying cause is repeated movement over a prolonged period of time. This could be anything from typing to cutting hair. But one common type of repetitive strain injury especially in writers is dystonia.
What is dystonia and how does this repetitive strain injury occur?
Another name for dystonia is writer’s cramp. This repetitive strain injury is caused by people who write a lot rather than type.
If you have ever written for so long that your fingers and/or wrist has ached then what you have experienced is a minor repetitive strain injury. This can turn into a more serious work injury if the right precautions aren’t taken.
How to help prevent such repetitive strain injury?
If you feel your wrist or fingers beginning to ache make sure you take a rest to stretch your muscles. If you find the repetitive strain injury causing you pain more often try to decrease the amount of time you write and focus on other tasks if you can. If this is not possible make sure you take regular breaks so your limbs are not under strain constantly.
Repetitive strain injuries such as dystonia can be a serious work injury. If you ignore the symptoms and do not rest when you need to the damage can become permanent and you may need surgery to reduce the pain.
Claiming compensation for dystonia
If you have sustained a work injury such as a repetitive strain injury within the last three years that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
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To find out more about making a work injury claim speak to an Accident Advice Helpline adviser on our 24-hour Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, or take the simple 30-second compensation calculator test online to see how much your work injury compensation claim could be worth.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice