(RSI) is usually associated with doing a particular activity repeatedly or for a long period of time. It is also known as Work Related Upper Limb Disorder (WRULD). RSI can affect virtually anyone, whatever sector or industry they work in. It can not only be painful and uncomfortable, but can have a significant impact on your ability to perform everyday tasks and continue at work. RSI is becoming recognised as one of the most common workplace injuries, and it is particularly common among those who work for extended periods on keyboards.
Typical work place causes of RSI are:
- Continuously typing for hours at a time.
- Carrying out repetitive manual work.
- Office equipment being incorrectly laid out (such as your chair, desk and computer), particularly if no ergonomic assessment.
- Repetitive production line work with inadequate risk-assessments.
There are two main types of RSI:
- Type 1: When a doctor can diagnose a recognised medical condition e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, tendonitis. Symptoms usually include swelling and inflammation of the muscles or tendons.
- Type 2:When a doctor cannot diagnose a medical condition from the symptoms although you still have a feeling of pain. It is also referred to as non-specific pain syndrome.