Repetitive strain injury (RSI) develops when parts of the body are subjected to repetitive movements. Usually, RSI affects the upper parts of the body as a person’s arms, hands, neck and shoulders are normally involved with movement in the workplace. RSIs are also known as repetitive stress injuries, repetitive motion injuries, and cumulative trauma disorders.
Examples of RSI
There are many different kinds of RSIs. One of the most common RSIs is carpal tunnel syndrome. When pressure is placed on the median nerve that runs down the forearm to the hand, people develop symptoms such as a feeling of pressure, tingling, or pain. A workplace cause of carpal tunnel syndrome is making the same hand movements continuously without giving the hands proper time to rest.
Another example of RSI is edema, or swelling. When people sit for extended periods of time, the lower body’s extremities have a greater chance of becoming swollen. Swollen feet and legs can affect blood circulation, cause nerve injury, and prevent muscles from working properly.
Tennis elbow can also be a potential RSI. When the arm has to perform a swinging motion repetitively, the outer part of the elbow can become sore and tender. Over time, tennis elbow can lead to people taking anti-inflammatory medications to control swelling and pain. If the case is severe, a person may have to undergo invasive surgery to relieve the pain and irritation.
How a Claims Lawyer Can Help
A claims lawyer can help you acquire the compensation you deserve for your RSI. Many claims lawyers also specialise in repetitive strain industrial accidents. In these types of accidents, people are often using heavy machinery and swinging motions repetitively to complete job tasks. Employers are still responsible for these kinds of injuries and they must ensure workplace safety.
One kind of RSI called vibration white finger (VWF) syndrome occurs when people operate machinery or equipment with their hands. These can result by working in industrial settings and locations. People will experience loss of sensation in their fingers and even loss of colour, hence, “white” finger.
How Can Workplaces Prevent RSI?
Even if you receive compensation for your RSI and your employer changes the workplace safety procedures, it is still important to take your own measures to reduce the chance for injury. Ensure that you have good posture if you are a typist. If you are employed at a job that requires a lot of lifting, make sure to lift using your legs and not your back. Wear the appropriate kind of gloves if you are operating machinery that vibrates.
When performing any kind of repetitive task, give yourself a break. Not only will a break refresh your mind but it will also give your body some time to rest. Stretching is also useful to alleviate muscles that are wound up.
If you are looking for work that you know employs repetitive motion, ask your potential employers about the safety precautions established in the facility. Try to avoid taking employment where the work culture is not centred on safety.