Defining repetitive strain injury
Repetitive strain injuries are related to over-use of upper body tendons and muscles, in particular those in the arms, wrists and hands, neck, back and shoulders. They are also often referred to as repetitive stress injury, cumulative trauma disorder, musculoskeletal disorder, repetitive motion disorder/ injury or occupational/ sports overuse syndrome.
Repetitive strain injury is, in fact a syndrome that can incorporate a selection of conditions that are associated with arm pains related to activities. These conditions include:
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Stenosing tenosynovitis
- Radial tunnel syndrome
- Medial epicondylitis. or golfer’s elbow
- Lateral epicondylitis, or tennis elbow
- Intersection syndrome
- Focal dystonia
- Cubital tunnel syndrome
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
Causes of cumulative trauma disorder
The most common causes of repetitive strain injury are:
- Repetitive activities over prolonged periods
- Singular activities over prolonged periods without rest
- Activities involving force, such as pushing, pulling or lifting heavy objects
- Poor posture or activities requiring working in awkward positions
- Vibrating equipment
Working in cold temperatures is also believed to contribute to musculoskeletal disorders and potentially worsen symptoms. Stress is also regarded as a potential contributing factor. These are the most common causes of repetitive strain injury, but it is important to be aware of how you are performing your daily activities at all times.
Repetitive motion injury is classed as a work injury, although symptoms are typically not immediate results of accidents, but gradually appear and worsen over time.
Working on computers, assembly lines or supermarket checkouts are excellent examples of occupations presenting a comparatively high risk of work accidents involving repetitive stress injuries.
Workers using machinery with high vibration rates, such as for instance, drills, saws or equipment that has not been balanced adequately to prevent excessive vibration, also frequently suffer from this condition.
Health and safety at work
Employers are required by law to ensure that workers are not exposed to the risk of work-related repetitive strain injuries. Where the risk of such an injury is unavoidable, sufficient breaks and regular health checks for workers must be provided.
Work accident injury claims
If you were diagnosed with repetitive strain injury within the last three years and your injury is the result of work related activities, you may be able to claim for compensation.
The free-phone number of Accident Advice Helpline is available around the clock for a chat with one of the company’s helpful advisers.
Treating your call with complete confidentiality, the adviser will be able to determine if a claim is likely to succeed. If this is the case, you will be referred to a legal professional experienced in dealing with work injury claims.
Operating under a no win – no fee conditional fee agreement, this legal professional will deal with your claim and assist you in getting the compensation you are entitled to as quickly as possible.
An awareness of the most common causes of repetitive strain injury will help you to be more diligent in the future.
Date Published: October 21, 2013
Author: David Brown