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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Treatment for RSI: Physiotherapy

    Work is part and parcel of everyday life for most people living in the UK, but if you’ve had an accident at work or you suffer from a work-related injury, you may be able to claim for compensation.

    Common work-related illnesses and injuries

    Figures from the Health and Safety Executive show that 78,000 people suffered illness or injury at work between April 2012 and April 2013, with a total of 27 million working days lost in the UK in the 12 month period leading up to April 2012. The most common examples of injuries associated with workplace accidents and working conditions include:

    • back and neck pain
    • fractures and dislocations caused by slips, trips and falls
    • repetitive strain injury
    • stress, depression and anxiety
    • musculoskeletal disorders
    • hearing loss
    • skin rashes
    • respiratory diseases
    • vibration injuries

    Illness at work: Repetitive Strain Injury

    Repetitive strain injury, also known as RSI, is a term used to describe pain and restricted movement, which is associated with making repeated actions. RSI is often referred to as an overuse injury and it can affect the wrists, hands, elbows, neck and shoulders. This condition is most commonly found in office workers who do a lot of typing and manual workers whose work involves repeated lifting and handling actions.

    Treating RSI and preventing work injuries

    One treatment option for RSI is physiotherapy; this helps to strengthen and condition the muscles to lower the risk of injury and prevent further pain in the future. Seeing a physiotherapist is beneficial for people who have recurrent bouts of symptoms and those who are suffering day to day as a result of repetitive strain injury; physiotherapy is often recommended when making lifestyle changes has had little impact.

    There are certain risk factors, which increase the chances of suffering from RSI and following these simple steps may help to prevent you from suffering illness at work:

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    • maintain good posture
    • always ensure you are in the right position when you lift heavy objects
    • ensure that your back is well supported when sitting and your chair is a suitable height to prevent you from stretching
    • take regular breaks
    • exercise to make your muscles stronger

    If you suffer from RSI as a result of work, you may be able to claim work injury compensation. If you think you may have a valid case, call Accident Advice Helpline on their freephone helpline – 0800 689 0500 –  or visit the website to take the 30-second eligibility test.

    Date Published: January 3, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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