What exactly is RSI?

RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) is not a recognised medical condition in itself. RSI is a ‘catch all’ term that is given to a variety of musculo-skeletal problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and HAVS (Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome).

Typically, RSI is caused when a person has to perform repetitive tasks, overuse equipment, deal with vibration equipment or have to work for long periods of time in one position. It can be a common problem with people who are involved in:

  • Extensive computer work
  • Using vibration tools such as a road drill
  • Using telephones for long periods
  • Operating machinery that requires repetitive movement
  • Consistent heavy manual lifting

People who suffer from RSI will oftenRSI complain of problems in their upper limbs such as swelling, stiffness and tingling. These problems can also take a long time to manifest themselves but when they do; it can be very severe and stop the person from working.

Cases of RSI are more common than you might think. With the growing use of computers, mobiles and laptops, people are using devices more frequently and for longer periods of time.
The size and proximity of the buttons on hand-held devices can also cause problems if you are using them for several hours in the day.

Employers have a duty of care to their staff to ensure that harm is minimised. RSI claims are on the rise in the UK and much of this rise has been put down to the consistent use of laptops and hand-held devices. If you are suffering from symptoms of RSI then you may have a case for compensation.

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