Repetitive Strain Injuries
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Repetitive strain injuries (otherwise known as RSI) typically affect the hands, wrists and arms – or a combination of any of the upper limbs.
The symptoms of a repetitive strain injury vary, however common feelings experienced in the affected limb include:
- Tingling or numbness
- Pain when trying to carry out routine tasks
If recognised and treated early enough, RSI can be successfully managed. Treatments focus on reducing the time spent on problematic tasks at work or avoiding the tasks which caused the problem altogether.
Many sufferers of RSI, however don’t actually realise that they are even suffering with the condition.
Inevitably, the problems only get worse and this sometimes means that sufferers ultimately have to give up work completely or consider a different career.
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So what can you do about it?
If you have developed a repetitive strain injury through work you might be entitled to make a claim. You might be working as a labourer, office worker or factory worker and carrying out repetitive tasks at work has left you suffering with symptoms such as cramp, stiffness, tingling, numbness or pain.
Employers are legally required to protect you whilst you are at work and if they have failed in this duty and you have been left suffering as a result, we can help.
What causes RSI?
RSI is associated with carrying out a certain activity repeatedly or for a long period of time. This is most commonly caused through doing repetitive tasks at work and those working on assembly lines, packers and machinists are just some of the people who are prone to developing these conditions.
Office jobs based on using a keyboard, input pad and/or mouse are also known to cause RSI, particularly if the duties include data entry. People are positioned at further risk if these duties amount to two hours+ per day and if they are not able to take regular breaks to rest the affected hand, wrist or arm.
Stressful jobs, high-pressure working environments and poor posture or keyboard typing technique are other risk factors that may also compound the chances of RSI at work. Find out more about the causes of RSI here.
Types of RSI
There are a number of repetitive strain injuries which include tendon related disorders and nerve related disorders. To find out more about these conditions, please click here.
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