What is RSI?

RSI stands for repetitive strain injury. It refers to work-related injuries to the muscles, tendons and nerves.

RSI usually affects the neck, shoulders, wrists, arms and hands. Soft tissues connecting muscles to bone (particularly the tendons), muscles themselves and the associated nerve systems are all affected. If it goes untreated, RSI can lead to permanent damage.

If you work at a computer or use machinery where you repeat the same small hand and arm movements over long periods, you can develop the symptoms of RSI.

In the 2014 TUC survey of safety representatives, 27% identified RSI as a major concern.

RSI is a painful and disabling condition. It requires treatment. The earlier you start treatment, the better your chances of a full recovery.

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