Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a general term used to describe the pain felt in muscles, nerves and tendons caused by repetitive movement and overuse.

It is occasionally called work-related upper limb disorder or non-specific upper limb pain because it normally affects the upper body from hands to shoulders and neck.

The symptoms can vary, but often include:

  • pain or tenderness
  • stiffness in joints with limited range of movement
  • tingling or numbness in extremities
  • muscle cramps

If you develop these symptoms and you think it may be related to your job, speak to your employer or occupational health representative about your concerns and ways you could modify your tasks to relieve the symptoms.

 

What causes RSI?

A RSI is normally found in a factory setting which requires the same repetitive movement over a period of time or by working long period on computers. It is important to address these symptoms and if you think it may be related to your job, speak to your health and safety representative about your concerns. There are ways you can modify your tasks to relieve the symptoms.

Certain things are thought to increase the risk of RSI, including:

  • doing a high-intensity activity for a long time without rest
  • poor posture or activities that require you to work in an awkward position
  • stress on the body’s tissue (muscle, tendon or ligaments)
  • change in¬†temperatures, particularly cold

Read more about the causes of repetitive strain injury (RSI).