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What is a Repetitive Stress Injury?

What is a Repetitive Stress Injury?

Repetitive Stress Injuries, or RSIs, account for the largest single category of workplace injuries. Many people think that injuries which occur suddenly, like a slip and fall, are the most common. However, the truth is that most workplace injuries develop over time from minor, repetitive movements that are performed frequently. For instance, when one motion is repeated several times in a day, and over the course of weeks, months, and years, the combined effect can significantly tax a worker’s health. An RSI can leave a worker in severe pain and unable to perform routine tasks at work, or even simple life functions, such as raising an arm or bending over. The good news is that employees can recover for these types of repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) through the workers’ compensation system. Jobs with Increased Risk of Repetitive Stress Injuries Many of the jobs listed below are occupations that require workers to sit or stand for prolonged periods, or perform repeated movements of fingers, hands, or arms, which can lead to RSIs. 1. Office workers: The most common type of RSI involves injury to the hands and arms as a result of computer activities. If you spend your day repeating the same strokes on a keyboard, clicking a mouse or touching a screen, this can apply potentially damaging force to your muscles, joints, and tendons. Some of the common conditions caused by this type of computer use are carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, and tendonitis. 2. Supermarket cashiers/retail clerks: Due to the constant scanning of hundreds of items all day, common motions such as turning, lifting and pulling can contribute to...