Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a collective term used to describe many different types of soft tissue injury including tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff syndrome, writer’s cramp and tennis/golf elbow. It is usually caused by a mixture of prolonged periods of typing, poor posture, repetitive movements of the wrists, elbows, hands, neck or back or regular forceful movement of the wrist or forceful gripping. RSI can also be diagnosed as work-related upper limb disorder (WRULD).
Sufferers of RSI can experience long term pain and discomfort, including aching and painful arms or wrists, weakness of grip and discomfort in the forearms. The condition continues to affect thousands of people every year and affects people working in a wide range of industries.
A significant number of individuals with a RSI do not have symptoms which can easily be diagnosed and most do not realise their condition is related to their work. The people most at risk are those who work in offices, with power tools, on production lines and in meat and poultry preparation. The condition can be triggered by badly designed workstations, poorly designed tools or because of excessive repetition or force required to undertake an activity.
If you believe you are suffering from RSI then you should seek medical assistance immediately. The condition is usually treated by painkillers and physiotherapy although surgery may be necessary in some cases.
If you have been diagnosed with RSI (or suspect you may have this condition) as a result of your working environment, complete our Online Enquiry Form and one of our lawyers will contact you to discuss how you can make a claim for your injuries.