Accurate statistics regarding how many workers are affected by repetitive strain injury (RSI) in the UK are not easy to obtain. However, the risk for employees is apparent across multiple industry sectors and studies have revealed that children are at risk of developing RSI due to activities at home and at school.
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Repetitive strain injury rates in the UK
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), in 2013/14 musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) accounted for 526,000 out of a total 1,241,000 work-related illness reports. MSDs encompass a range of illnesses including back, lower limb, and upper limb disorders, which include RSI.
MSD symptoms generally include pain and reduced function in muscles, nerves and tendons. Unfortunately, the precise number of workers suffering repetitive strain injury is unknown, as many workers simply 'get on with it' and do not report their symptoms.
Research by RSI Action, a national charity, found that in the early 2000s claims for RSI were increasing. The charity stated that in 2003/4 an estimated 4.7 million working days were lost due to repetitive strain conditions.
Whilst various charities, including RSI Action, are urging the government to be clearer about the risk RSI poses in our workplaces and schools, those diagnosed with repetitive strain injury may be unsure about their options following diagnosis.
Symptoms of RSI
For many, repetitive strain injury presents only mild symptoms. However, over time, symptoms such as tenderness, stiffness, tingling, numbness, and cramp can worsen and impact heavily on working life.
There are two types of repetitive strain injury and diagnosis will determine what course of treatment is right for the sufferer.
Type 1 RSI causes swelling and inflammation in the muscles and tendons. This condition is diagnosed by linking symptoms to recognised medical issues such as bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, Dupuytren's contracture, epicondylitis or rotator cuff syndrome.
Type 2 RSI is diagnosed if there are no specific links to the medical conditions mentioned above.
Is RSI treatable?
Work-related RSI sufferers should consult with their employer to ensure tasks which caused the condition can be altered. Treatment may involve a routine of exercises for stretching and strengthening affected muscles and tendons.
Once the condition has been treated, workers should also take steps to prevent further episodes by changing work activities, reviewing the suitability of hobbies, reducing stress and improving posture.
Am I entitled to compensation?
Employers have a legal duty to protect staff from work-related conditions such as RSI and ULD.
If you feel your employer did not listen to concerns regarding working practices and training, or a suitable and safe working environment was not provided, then you may be entitled to compensation
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