Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is something of a modern phenomenon. Over the past few decades, computers have changed the way we work, and there are now more of us sitting at desks and typing than ever before. But these small movements that become an invisible part of our daily routine, reaching for the mouse; hitting the space bar; adjusting your screen, can have a harmful effect.
What causes a strain injury?
There are two types of strain injury: an acute strain and a repetitive strain. An acute strain is caused by a sudden pull or twist of a muscle or tendon. This is more likely to happen in physical jobs where you are required to lift heavy objects, or work outdoors. A repetitive strain occurs when a particular set of muscles or tendons are moved in the same way over and over again.
How can you prevent a strain?
A strain injury can be very painful and highly inconvenient. If you have an RSI, you will essentially be injuring the hardest working muscles of your body, leaving you unable to work until you have fully recovered.
In order to prevent strain injuries from occurring, most workplaces will now conduct a thorough health and safety check every time an employee changes desk or takes on new responsibilities. Ergonomic stationery can help ward off the risk of RSI, while taking short breaks from work at regular intervals and walking around the office will also help to keep your muscles in order.
Coping with a strain
If you suspect that you have strained a key muscle such as in your back, your hamstrings or your wrists, you should make an appointment to see your doctor immediately, to rule out anything more serious. The best cure for a strain is rest, so it is likely that you will have to take some time off work while you recover and amend your usual schedule accordingly.
If you have reason to believe that the injury was not your fault, you may wish to use your recovery time to file a suit against the guilty party. Compensation can help to cover loss of income, medical expenses, and any other inconveniences as a result of your injury.
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Date Published: 28th June 2014
Author: Jan Newell