What is RSI?
Repetitive Strain Injury also known as a RSI is a condition which results in pain from repeatedly using the same muscles. It describes a range of conditions affecting the muscles, tendons and other soft tissue in the body. RSI is becoming increasingly more common in the workplace environment and is one of the most common accidents at work, particularly in the office environment where people are constantly using their wrists to type out documents. In many cases, the symptoms of RSI may be unclear as pain is experienced without swelling or inflammation of the affected areas.
What are the symptoms of RSI?
Symptoms of RSI can include; pain, numbness, tightness, dull aches or throbbing and tingling in the affected area. RSI can be difficult to diagnose and there is no one clear test to distinguish RSI from other types of injuries such as muscle inflammation.
Is it possible to treat RSI with medication?
There are a number of ways in which RSI can be treated, one is through the use of painkillers and other medication. If you believe you are suffering from RSI then you should stop the task you are doing which you believe to be causing the pain and seek treatment immediately from your doctor. Medication can help alleviate the symptoms of RSI; doctors routinely prescribe medication such as anti-inflammatory tablets and recent studies also indicate that painkillers such as Paracetamol are effective when dealing with the symptoms of RSI. Other medications which may be prescribed for RSI include muscle-relaxants and anti-depressants such as Tricyclic.
I think my work is causing me to have RSI. Am I entitled to claim compensation?
RSI is becoming an ever more present hazard in the workplace. Thankfully, your employer should actively take steps to reduce the chances of you suffering from RSI, such as regular breaks. If however, you have suffered RSI in the last 3 years and it wasn’t your fault then the good news is that you may be entitled to claim compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today.
Accident Advice Helpline are a law firm with over 13 years’ experience in helping to seek compensation. Our lines are open 24/7 and a friendly and professional adviser is waiting to take your call. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to find out more or alternatively, you can find out online in less than 30 seconds if you may be entitled to claim compensation by taking the 30 second test on Accident Advice Helpline’s website.
Date Published: January 3, 2014
Author: David Brown