What is repetitive strain injury?
Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is also known as a work-related musculo-skeletal disorder. It is an injury to a joint, bone, tendon, muscle or soft tissue caused by a worker having to adopt or carry out a manoeuvre that the body isn’t designed to do: sitting for long periods of time in poorly designed seats; repeatedly twisting, bending or lifting heavy items. Over time, this can cause inflammation of the tendons or undue wear and tear to the joints.
A repetitive strain injury can take the form of a medically recognised condition such as tennis elbow, tenosynovitis, rotator cuff syndrome or may simply be swelling, inflammation or undue wear and tear to a joint. RSIs are common in the construction industry, the food industry and office-based industries.