Repetitive Strain Injury Claims
If you’ve been diagnosed with a repetitive strain injury then Claims National can provide you with free help and advice in relation to making a claim for compensation.
There are several medical conditions and injuries that can be classed as Repetitive Strain Injuries, including the following;
- Bursitis: inflammation and swelling of the fluid-filled sac near a joint at the knee, elbow or shoulder
- Carpal tunnel syndrome: pressure on the median nerve passing through the wrist
- Dupuytren’s contracture: a thickening of deep tissue in the palm of the hand and into the fingers
- Epicondylitis: inflammation of an area where bone and tendon join. An example of epicondylitis is tennis elbow
- Rotator cuff syndrome: inflammation of muscles and tendons in the shoulder
- Tendonitis: inflammation of a tendon
- Tenosynovitis: inflammation of the inner lining of the tendon sheath that houses tendons. Tenosynovitis most commonly occurs in the hand, wrist or forearms
- Ganglion cyst: a sac of fluid that forms around a joint or tendon, usually on the wrist or fingers
- Raynaud’s phenomenon: a condition where the blood supply to extremities, such as the fingers, is interrupted
- Thoracic outlet syndrome: compression of the nerves or blood vessels that run between the base of the neck and the armpit
- Writer’s cramp: part of a family of disorders known as dystonia that cause muscle spasms in the affected par
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What causes RSI?
Repetitive strain injuries (RSI) are caused due to the overuse of muscles and tendons in the upper body, especially the hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, back or neck. You are at risk of developing a Repetitive Strain Injury if you;
- Are doing repetitive activities
- Are doing an activity for a long time without rest
- Are doing an activity that involves force, such as lifting heavy objects
- Have poor posture or activities that require you to work in an awkward position
What are the symptoms of a Repetitive Strain Injury?
Symptoms of repetitive strain injury (RSI) can include;
- Pains or tenderness in your muscles or joints
- Tingling or numbness
Repetitive strain injury is a painful condition caused by the repetition of a particular activity over a long period of time. The most common causes of repetitive strain injury is occupations involving a large use of your arms, such as computer work. More women than men are affected, due to the typical range of work women do daily. Although most repetitive strain injuries are due to the victim’s occupation, it is also possible for repetitive strain injury to be induced by hobbies such a gardening or playing a musical instrument. It is significant that you can pin point exactly what has caused your repetitive strain injury and that there is sufficient evidence of this, as it will help you in your claim for compensation.
Repetitive strain injury does not have any single treatment however; you can participate in ‘self help’ treatment such as physiotherapy, and steroid injections into the affected area of your body. Physiotherapy will help keep your muscles active, and maintain or improve the strength of the affected muscles. Working with a physiotherapist will also enable you to keep the affected area moving without causing any further damage.
Although it is not always convenient, try to reduce the scale of which you complete activities which make your symptoms worse, and take breaks regularly to allow your muscles to rest. You may also find it beneficial to apply hot or cold packs to the area causing you pain to help relieve your symptoms. If your symptoms are worse when you are at work, notify your employer who may be able to refer you to an occupational health advisor, or possibly make changes to the workplace, or your job role. If changing job roles is unavailable, suggest to your employer that you divide your time between different tasks, and take a short 2-5 minute break often to allow your muscles to relax.
Over the counter medicines can also help ease your symptoms such as anti inflammatory medicines and painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.
The development of repetitive strain injury can be prevented; mainly by minimising your repetitive activity. Other prevention methods include:
- Your chair supports your back and you sit up straight
- Your chair is the right height for you
- Your monitor is about 50 to 90cm from your eyes and is angled to reduce glare or reflections
- Your screen, keyboard and mouse are directly in front of you with the mouse as close to the keyboard as possible
- You have enough room on your desk to accommodate all your documents
- When you type, your arms aren’t stretching forwards, your forearms are horizontal and your fingers are at the same height as the middle row of keys.
- Your legs have room to move under the desk or table
- You only use a wrist rest when having a break from typing