A repetitive strain injury (commonly abbreviated to RSI) is an umbrella term used to describe pain that occurs in the nerves, muscles and tendons; and which is caused by repetitive motions and overuse of equipment.
The condition primarily affects upper body parts, including:
- Hands and wrists
- Shoulder and neck
- Elbows and forearms
What is a repetitive strain injury and what are the causes of RSI?
Most people who get repetitive strain injury do so through their work. In many occupations, carrying out the same task over and over again is something that is required, and it is usually this which causes an injury to occur.
Some of the things which can cause a repetitive strain injury to rear its head include:
- Repetitive activities
- Long periods of high-intensity activity without any breaks
- Bad posture or working in awkward and uncomfortable positions
- Vibrating equipment
- Working in cool temperatures
It is sad that so many people still suffer from repetitive strain injuries each year because they are so easy to avoid.
In this day and age, employers in every sector should be doing everything they can to make the workplace as safe and comfortable as possible. Doing things like providing ergonomically designed furniture and keyboards, providing regular breaks and rotating staff to different tasks regularly, can all help to prevent as repetitive strain injury.
What to do if you think you may have a strain injury
If you think you may be suffering from a repetitive strain injury, the first thing you should do is try to identify the cause of your pain, and take any measures possible to counteract it. You should speak to your employer about the injury and find out what they can to do to support you.
If pain persists, it is a good idea to make an appointment with your local GP, who will be able to offer you advice and prescribe you any treatments should they deem it necessary to do so.
Of course, it would be much better if you could take measures to prevent every getting a repetitive strain injury in the first place.
If you are suffering from repetitive strain injury, and the injury was caused by someone else (probably your employer), you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation, which will enable you to cover injury-related costs and compensate you for any time you have to take away from work.
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Date Published: 13th August 2016
Author: Lynne Bell