RSI or repetitive strain injury is a condition which affects the nerves, muscles and tendons in the joints. This can cause significant pain to the area affected and may have been caused by an accident at work. RSI is caused when an activity is consistently repeated causing strain. This is especially common in an office environment or any manual worker who repeats the same activity for long periods of time. It is estimated that 1 in 50 workers in the UK suffer from some form of RSI.
What are the symptoms of RSI?
The main symptoms that may be experienced in a repetitive strain injury are; tenderness, throbbing, tingling, cramp or weakness in the muscle . Initially the symptoms may only appear shortly after doing the repetitive activity. However, if not treated this could turn into a constant pain and may even cause swelling to the area. If left untreated RSI can become irreversible.
What are the treatments for a repetitive strain injury?
The initial treatment is usually a course of anti-inflamatory drugs and using a hot or cold pack on the affected area to relieve the pain. After this, if the drugs have not eased the symptoms your doctor may prescribe steroid injections to reduce any swelling. If it becomes a serious issue you may want to think about making some changes in your life, for example reducing the hours you undertake the repetitive activity for.
What if the initial treatments for the potential accident at work claim for RSI don’t work?
If these don’t work there are other options such as an operation or a referral to the physiotherapist. However, one other treatment which may be seen as quite controversial still but nonetheless has been used for treating RSI is clinical hypnosis. The way that clinical hypnosis works for repetitive strain injuries is by getting the patient to visualise their pain leaving their body. By having strong visuals in clinical hypnosis they in theory can concentrate more on imagining their body being freed from pain and help the body to heal. This treatment is not for everyone and you need to start the process positive and believing it will work.
But, if you do have an accident at work which leads to RSI you may be able to make a repetitive strain injury claim. Speak to Accident Advice Helpline to find out how by calling their freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500.