Repetitive Strain Injuries – risks, symptoms and prevention
Written by Chantel Green
It is important to recognise the early signs and symptoms as early intervention and treatment can assist with recovery. Symptoms of RSI include:
RSI may present differently for everyone however there are two main types. Type 1 is pain caused by a medical condition such as tendonitis, cellulitis, or carpal tunnel syndrome. Type 2 is when no specific diagnosis can be made, and the injury is often a non-specific pain. Both types can benefit from conservative care and early intervention increases the likelihood of successful treatment outcomes.
Prevention of RSI is much easier than treatment. Education on the topic can be one of the best forms of prevention. Informing the employees on how these injuries occur, what the symptoms are and when to book an appointment with the onsite health provider can reduce the chronicity of the injury, increase the effects of treatment and reduce lost time at work. Allowing employees to take regular breaks every 20 – 30 minutes and varying your task as much as possible will aid in the reduction of RSI.
RSI is a common injury and one that we see and treat frequently. Providing task analysis reports and workstation ergonomic advice can greatly reduce the risk of employee injuries. Your workplace injury prevention provider can provide recommendations such as altering posture, grip and implementing stretching and stretching exercises. Once an injury has occurred, treatment and education for recovery and further prevention will be given.
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