Posted on 25th June 2015
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is the more commonly known term for a set of disorders called Work Related Upper Limb Disorders (WRULDs).
RSI can be caused by continued repetitive or pressurised finger, hand or arm movements, pushing, lifting, pounding, pulling, hammering, squeezing, reaching or twisting movements on a daily/hourly basis.
There are a number of things that can increase your risk of developing RSI. These include:
If your work involves one or more of the factors listed above and you are feeling pain, stiffness, tingling or numbness then, it is important to speak to your employer and your GP as continued use of the injured area can lead to permanent disability.
In my experience, the following people most at risk are:
If you are experiencing RSI symptoms, they must be reported to your employer as soon as possible as you have a responsibility to report the injury once you realise what is happening, record the pain in an accident book and pursue accurate diagnoses and treatment. You must also ask for a risk assessment to be carried out at work. An RSI claim cannot be ignored as it will only get worse if not dealt with as soon as possible.
RSI Action – The RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) charity
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