What is repetitive strain injury?
In basic terms, a repetitive strain injury is an injury that affects the nerves, tendons and muscles, and which is caused by completing the same repetitive action repeatedly and excessively. The condition is known to particularly affect the upper body, especially the wrists and hands. So how could you develop repetitive strain injury? There are a huge number of factors that could lead someone to develop a repetitive strain injury. No matter what sector you work in, from a corporate office to a warehouse, there are any number of tasks, which if carried out repetitively and without the proper health and safety conditions, could cause a serious strain injury and put you out of action.
For example, if you are repeatedly packing an item into a box over and over again, this could cause repetitive strain injuries, whilst if you are sitting at your desk typing for a long period of time without any breaks, you could develop a repetitive strain injury to your fingers or wrists.
What are the symptoms of repetitive strain injury?
If you are wondering whether you could be suffering from such an injury, you will want to familiarise yourself with the symptoms of repetitive strain injury, which include everything from stiffness and throbbing to severe cramp. If you notice any of these tell-tale symptoms of the condition, it is important that you should make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. Doing so will not only get you the treatment you require, but it will also ensure that you have the evidence required to make a personal injury claim, should you decide to do so. Here are a few of the most important symptoms to look out for:
- Tingling or numbness
- Pain moving the affected body part
Repetitive strain injury can get worse over time if left untreated, so you should seek medical attention – the normal recommendation will be to rest from the activity until your symptoms have subsided. It can be debilitating as you will suffer from symptoms whenever you are carrying out the repetitive task for long periods of time, which can affect your ability to do your job and live your life to the full. It’s important to seek medical treatment if you think you are affected by repetitive strain injury
Treatment for repetitive strain injury
If you are suffering as the result of repetitive strain injury, you will need to first seek treatment for repetitive strain injury, starting with a visit to your GP. They will be able to make a proper diagnosis and recommendations for treatment. Treatment for repetitive strain injury can include:
- Cold packs to relieve inflammation
- Anti-inflammatory painkillers
- Using a splint or elastic support
- Physiotherapy and advice on strengthening muscles
- Alternative treatments, such as massage, osteopathy or yoga can also be beneficial in relieving symptoms
Some people find that exercise can help to relieve symptoms. If it’s impossible for you to stop carrying out the repetitive task at work, taking regular short breaks can help with the symptoms of repetitive strain injury. In some cases, steroid injections and surgery may be necessary, and this may mean taking time off work to recover. If this has happened to you, you may wish to consider claiming compensation for your loss of earnings.
Preventing repetitive strain injury
There are many steps to prevent repetitive strain injury, which is why it is sad when someone needlessly suffers from the condition due to a lack of forethought from an employer, and this is why you may wish to consider launching a personal injury claim. It’s normal for employers to carry out risk assessments to ensure that your workstation is properly set up, if you work in an office, and maintaining good posture can help to prevent repetitive strain injury. Relocation techniques and taking smaller, more frequent breaks can also go a long way to preventing this type of injury. If you have already suffered an injury and you’re thinking about repetitive strain injury claims, Accident Advice Helpline can help you.
How much is the average award for repetitive strain injury claims?
When it comes to repetitive strain injury claims, there is no such thing as an average award. Every claim we handle is processed individually, which means that we’re unable to give you an exact figure for what your settlement could be. The good news is that finding out how much compensation you may be able to get for repetitive strain injury claims is easy as you can take the 30-second test on our website. This will give you an idea of what you may be able to claim, which could help you to decide whether or not to proceed with a claim.
What to do if you have repetitive strain injury?
After your accident, you may be thinking about claiming compensation for repetitive strain injury, so that you can cover the cost of any medical bills travel expenses, or time off from work due to your injuries.
Many people worry about the cost of making a repetitive strain injury claim, but there is no need to do so because here at Accident Advice Helpline, we can help you make a claim on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis. Simply call us on 0800 689 0500 (or on 0333 500 0993 if you are calling from a mobile) to get no-obligation advice from our team of expert advisors.
Date Published: 10th February 2013