Repetitive Strain Injury
Repetitive strain injury (RSI), sometimes called a Work Related Upper Limb Disorder (WRULD), is the term used for damage of the soft tissues that arises from a repeated action or trauma. It is most often associated with certain jobs, such as use of computers, but many types of workers can be affected. If you have been diagnosed with RSI, and you believe it was brought on through your work, you might be able to claim.
RSI is usually diagnosed when the damage does not relate to a specific tendon, nerve or muscle and will often be attributed to a certain factor. It can be caused by many types of work that include the following:
– Repeated use of vibrating tools
– Using a computer for extended periods
– Frequent repetitive movements, such as operating machinery
– Cradling the phone for long periods
– Heavy manual lifting
The pain can be serious, and some people with RSI suffer long-term effects such as numbness, tingling, loss of dexterity and weakness in the affected joint or limb.