Repetitive Strain Injury

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a term that refers to a number of different soft tissue injuries that are caused by the repetition of an action or trauma. RSI can often happen in the workplace due to:

  • Repeated use of vibrating tools
  • Using a computer or holding a phone for long periods
  • Poorly designed workspaces that don't allow you to work comfortably
  • Heavy manual lifting
  • Operating machinery

RSI can result in serious pain as well as numbness, tingling, weakness and loss of dexterity in the affected joint or limb. More serious RSIs in specific areas of your limbs can also result in tendonitis, tennis elbow, vibration white finger,  carpal tunnel syndrome (in the hand or wrist) or ulnar neuropathy (in the elbow and forearm).