Repetitive Strain Injury

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI): A Common Workplace Injury Image

A repetitive strain injury (RSI), sometimes called a repetitive stress injury, is an injury to tendons, nerves or other soft tissue resulting from consistently repeating a movement that strains an isolated portion of the body. RSI most commonly affect the hands, wrists and arms.

Common types of RSI include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and bursitis. Symptoms include tenderness, swelling, and sometimes stabbing pain in the affected areas. The injury affects workers in all professions, but is more often found in those that spend their days typing on a computer keyboard.

Preventing repetitive strain injury will take some work. Altering your daily work routine, along with concentrating on correct posture and taking plenty of breaks while working will help. Specific stretches can greatly reduce your chance of becoming injured on the job.

If you have an RSI, it’s important to get treatment as soon as possible. Simple treatments like rest and ice therapy are usually adequate in the beginning stages, but if an RSI progresses splinting, pain medication or possibly surgery may be required. Your doctor will be able to recommend the treatment that is right for you.