Repeating the same movement at work consistently can be the cause of an RSI injury
There are many phrases used to describe pain and symptoms arising from injuries to the fingers, hands, wrists, arms, and shoulders such as:
- RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury)
- Repetitive Strain Syndrome
- Cumulative Trauma Disorder
- Overuse Syndrome
The above are all non-medical terms for the same thing… "an injury caused by repetition" .
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) currently use the phrase "Work Related Upper Limb Disorder".
How does it happen?
Most injuries are caused by repetitive work without sufficient rest and recovery, usually accompanied by some element of force or twisting and lengthy periods where the body or part of it remains in the same position or awkward posture.
Medical conditions associated with repetitive work
Some injuries/symptoms caused by repetition are well recognised physical conditions eg:
Less precise injuries:
- general weakness, aching and pain around the upper limbs
These conditions are sometimes referred to as diffuse symptoms.
Note: The type of condition that you have been diagnosed as suffering from might be important for the reasons set out in the medical causation section.
The biggest misconception regarding injuries caused by repetition
WRONG = The longer you have done the job the more at risk you are of suffering a work related repetitive injury.
RIGHT = If you have been doing the job for a long time the muscles used are strong, they do not get weaker over the years.
Repetitive work injuries: If your condition is work related, we would expect to see some sort of change in the work carried out shortly before the symptoms developed, if such change is not present then it would suggest that the cause of the injury most probably is not work.
Can I claim compensation for a repetitive strain injury?
Find out whether you could be entitled to repetitive strain injury compensation or if you prefer you can either call our Repetitive Work Injuries Team direct on Freephone: 0808 129 3320 or complete our online enquiry form.
Alternatively you can complete our Repetitive Strain Injury Assessment Questionnaire and we will assess your case free of charge.