Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

Repetitive Strain Injury is a general term that refers to many specific injuries that result as the repeated use of certain items such as a computer, knife, sporting equipment, and other such tools. In short, it is a condition that results from overuse of specific muscles, tendons, and nerves in arms and upper back. Overuse isn’t the only cause for RSI but it is most definitely one of the major causes. Poor posture can also be to blame for certain instances of repetitive strain injury.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common repetitive strain injury among computer workers and assembly line workers among other professions. These work related injuries can often be painful and may sometimes require surgery and occupational therapy or physical therapy in order to recover. Additionally, lost wages can result from the time required away from work in order to recover from the injury and/or recuperate from any necessary surgeries.

Treatments of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

  1. Surgery is often required for some specific types of repetitive injury strains such as carpal tunnel syndrome. This is just one form of treatment and generally a last resort. Other types of treatment are likely to be attempted before resorting to surgery.
  2. Medications. These are often prescribed in order to reduce swelling and muscle pain.
  3. New equipment such as an ergonomically adapted keyboard or mouse may be introduces in order to minimize strain and in extreme cases, voice recognition software may be recommended.
  4. Massage. Perhaps a favourite method of treatment by many, the relaxation of overstressed and abused muscles is often offers some degree of relief to those suffering from repetitive strain injuries (RSIs).
  5. Yoga. Believe it or not, learning to properly use and stretch your muscles can help not only with posture, which can result in RSI but also can help strengthen your muscles enabling them to handle more stress in time.

While there are many causes for RSI and many different methods of treatment if your RSI is the result of work related injuries you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, and pain and suffering you may have endured. Contact our dedicated solicitors to see how they can assist you.

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