Repetitive Strain Injury

By: News Canada

(NC)-Repetitive Strain Injury (R.S.I.) occurs when muscles, nerves or tendons become inflamed or irritated. R.S.I. is often reflected in people who have developed arthritis as a result of sports/workplace injury or carpal tunnel syndrome, for example. It is caused by performing repetitive motions, using excessive force or using extreme movements.

Causes:

  • Repetitive tasks - small, rapid movements that are repeated over and over.

  • Awkward sitting or standing positions - working in an awkward position or not moving regularly.

  • Heavy moving - using force or moving heavy loads.

  • Lack of rest time - no time to take a break during work or activity.

Symptoms:

  • Stiff or tight muscles in hands, wrists, fingers, forearms, elbows or shoulders.

  • Tingling and/or coldness in hands.

  • Loss of coordination in hands.

  • Pain.

Solutions:

  • Make sure your work station feels comfortable.

  • Take regular breaks before pain or discomfort develops.

  • Take time to gently stretch and exercise during those breaks.

  • Slide or roll objects, if possible.

For more information on Arthritis in the Workplace, call us:

The Arthritis Society Information Line - 1-800-321-1433 or log on to www.arthritis.ca.

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