RSI is a term used to describe a number of potentially immobilising conditions such as tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. The injury, which is often caused by repetitive tasks, can affect muscles, tendons and soft tissue in fingers, hands, arms, shoulders and the neck, with common RSI symptoms including muscle pain, arm numbness and arm weakness. If you believe that you have the condition, find out more about the warning signs below as well as the help and support available to sufferers.
Common warning signs of a repetitive strain injury
When concerned about an injury to the upper body, RSI symptoms to look out for include:
- Muscle pain: If your muscles are tight and knotted from excessive use, you may feel a sharp shooting or dull aching pain ranging from slight discomfort to extreme soreness. RSI sufferers can also feel a certain level of tenderness around joints and pain in tendons.
- Arm weakness: Frequently using tightened muscles can leave them without enough time to recover. This can lead to arm weakness as your muscles are left in a permanently fatigued state, also resulting in pain through the tendons and muscles.
- Loss of strength and grip: Arm weakness is often accompanied by a loss of strength and reduced grip due to tired muscles.
- Arm numbness and tingling: Tense overused muscles can cause you to suffer from restricted blood flow and an inadequate blood supply. While this doesn’t necessarily result in any pain and fatigue, it can lead to arm numbness and tingling. The severity of the numb arm will depend on which muscles have been strained.
Stiffness, throbbing and cramp are also common RSI symptoms. It is important to remember that people with repetitive strain injuries don’t necessarily suffer from all the warning signs, as the symptoms do vary from person to person.
A repetitive strain injury is also a progressive condition, so you should be aware that it will only get worse and become permanent if your circumstances do not change.
What has caused your RSI symptoms?
RSI can be caused by a number of repetitive activities, ranging from sports and other hobbies to work-related tasks and computer use.
Work-related activities are the most common cause of the injury, particularly in factories and offices. An employer has a legal duty to protect the health and safety of employees, so should have measures in place that prevent you from developing such a repetitive strain injury.
If you believe that your job has led to suffering from RSI symptoms, your employer may not have implemented the necessary policies. Our solicitors often find poorly designed workstations, lack of training and minimal breaks to be amongst the main causes of work-related repetitive strain injuries.
What if my RSI is work related?
Workers with a repetitive strain injury can claim compensation for the impact the condition has had on their health and wellbeing, if their employer is responsible for the damage caused.
Roberts Jackson solicitors specialise in handling RSI claims, so will be able to expertly manage your case from start to finish, achieving you the outcome you rightfully deserve. Read our RSI claims guide for further information on our process, or call 0800 001 4496 to start your claim right away.