More and more people are being struck down with the symptoms of repetitive strain injury in the UK than ever before. One of the main reasons for this is that the number of static activities, such as typing and using smartphones, are on the rise. This, combined with increasingly stressful workplaces, busy lives and the increase in activities like gaming, have made the issue into a health time bomb.
The symptoms of repetitive strain injury
If you think you may have RSI, take a look at these symptoms of repetitive strain injury to be sure:
- Forearm and elbow pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Wrist pain
- Hand pain
The type of pain that you may experience in these areas, if you have a repetitive strain injury, vary from case to case, and they tend to creep up gradually. Sometimes symptoms can remain mild, but often they get more and more severe until the patient reaches breaking point.
The most common symptoms include:
A lot of the time, these symptoms will initially only be present when you are carrying out a repetitive task. However, if you do not treat the problem at this early stage, you may well find that the symptoms get worse, last longer and cause a lot of pain.
In some cases, the affected area may begin to swell, and this swelling can last for many months.
What to do if you are experiencing symptoms of repetitive strain injury
If you have notices the first tell-tale signs, and you think you may have developed a repetitive strain injury, it is a good idea to speak to your employer or an occupational health therapist, who may be able to offer you some workplace modifications, which will take the strain off you.
If changing your routine does not work, and symptoms persist, it is probably worth making a visit to your GP who will be able to give you a professional opinion and help you to access any help you need to deal with the problem.
If your repetitive strain injury has been caused by your working environment, it may also be worth you getting in touch with one of our professional personal injury lawyers, who could help you obtain personal injury compensation for your strain injury, providing it was caused by the negligence of someone else.
For more information on the symptoms of repetitive strain injury, and how you can make a claim, simply call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 from your landline, or on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: 13th August 2016
Author: Lynne Bell