Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) refers to a variety of work related injuries to the muscles, tendons, nerves and soft tissue and usually affects the neck, shoulders, forearms, wrists or hands. Repetitive Strain Injury is a term used generally to describe the aches and pains in these upper limb areas which are caused by repetitive movements or poor posture while doing certain activities including work.
When people first begin to experience symptoms of RSI they are often unsure of what it is and describe a numbness or tingling. As the condition develops however, the pain increases until it stays with the person for 24 hours, 7 days a week. Without a diagnosis and treatment the pain will worsen and physical symptoms will start to present themselves including swelling and stiffness. It may get to a point where you are not able to work and undertake your usual domestic tasks or hobbies. Even basic daily tasks such as dressing and driving can become extremely difficult.
There is no specific test for RSI therefore diagnosis is based on a GP physical examination and questions around the repetitive tasks and what makes the pain and discomfort worse. There are two broad types of RSI, the first Type 1 RSI is musculoskeletal and is often characterised by inflammation of specific muscles and tendons. There are several medical conditions that can be classed as Type 1 including:
- bursitis – inflammation of the fluid filled sac near the shoulder, knee or elbow
- tendonitis – inflammation of a tendon
- carpal tunnel syndrome – pressure on the median nerve passing through the wrist
When a GP cannot diagnose a recognised medical condition from your symptoms this is when Type 2 RSI is diagnosed. Type 2 is therefore also known as non-specific pain syndrome.
The causes of RSI vary. Some of the most common causes in the workplace include:
- vigorous movements involving lots of force
- repeated use of vibrating tools
- heavy lifting
- working in cold temperatures
- poor posture or a non ergonomically designed workspace
- production lines/assembly lines
Employers must do everything they can to prevent the onset of work related RSI. Evaluating potential risks and understanding what constitutes a safe working environment is crucial. Providing employees with regular training on RSI and how to recognise the symptoms can also help to ensure they understand their responsibilities and the measures put in place to minimise the risks.
If you have been diagnosed with an RSI and feel that you can prove your employer has been negligent then our team of solicitors are ready to support and advise you on how to proceed.
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