Repetitive Strain Injury

Common Medical Conditions

Damage to the upper limbs which is thought to be work related through repetitive and overuse are often referred to as repetitive strain injuries (RSI) or work related upper limb disorders (WRULD). This type of injury/disorder often affects the hand, wrist, forearm and upper arm including the shoulder. You may be entitled to compensation for these types of injuries.

Are you suffering from a repetitive strain injury due to your job?  If so you may be entitled to compensation

Common conditions which may fall into this category are:

Please note: these conditions frequently arise in natural circumstances even where there has been no suggestion of excessive exertion or overuse.


Tenosynovitis is the inflammation of the synovium that surrounds a tendon. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and difficulty moving the joint where the inflammation occurs.

De Quervain's Disease (also known as radial styloid tenosynovitis, mother's wrist, de Quervain syndrome)

De Quervain's Disease is the inflammation of the sheath or tunnel that surrounds 2 tendons that control movement of the thumb.

Tendonitis (now called tendinopathy)

Tendinopathy is an overuse injury resulting in microtears in the muscle fibres, leading to an increase in tendon repair cells, yet there is an absence of inflammatory cells. Symptoms vary from an ache or pain and stiffness to the local area of the tendon, or a burning that surrounds the whole joint around the inflamed tendon.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome refers to the condition in which the median nerve is compressed at the wrist, leading to pain, tingling or numbness (similar to pins and needles), and muscle weakness in the forearm and hand.

Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golfers' Elbow)

Epicondylitis is a condition where part of the elbow becomes painful and tender. Symptoms include pain on the outer and inner parts of the elbow, tenderness and pain in the wrist when using gripping, extension or lifting movements.

Tennis Elbow is usually associated with pain on the outer part of the elbow.

Golfers' Elbow is usually associated with pain in the inner part of the elbow.

Trigger Finger (or stenosing tenosynovitis)

Trigger Finger is a common problem that interferes with the normal function of the fingers or thumbs. It usually results in a finger or thumb getting stuck in a bent or flexed position. In some instances it is just a nuisance, but for others it can be quite painful.

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