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Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

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What is a Repetitive Strain Injury or RSI?

A repetitive strain injury, or RSI, is an injury that occurs as a result of repeating a movement or series of movements from being in an awkward position over a prolonged period of time, which causes strain on the body resulting in soft tissue damage. 

What are the common symptoms of a repetitive strain injury?

A repetitive strain injury often involve the upper or lower back, neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands or ankles.  

RSI symptoms can include:

  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Pins and needles
  • Swelling 
  • Reduced range of movement

Who is at risk of a repetitive strain injury?

Symptoms commonly occur in the workplace, and are particularly associated with very physically repetitive jobs such as:

  • Factory line work
  • Garment production
  • Loading/unloading jobs 
  • Manual work such as bricklaying

Office workers also have a high tendency for RSI symptoms in the neck, shoulders, elbows and wrists due to prolonged computer use. A badly designed work space can greatly contribute to the risk of developing an RSI. 

If your job is physically repetitive, it is important that your work station is set up comfortably and safely, that you take frequent breaks and if possible, that you regularly change position or vary your task.

Workers Compensation Rights

If you have suffered a RSI at work or you believe your work may have contributed to a RSI, you may be entitled to compensation. Time limits apply in making a claim, please contact us today for advice about making a claim.