After a long day at work, you may notice yourself complaining about the same pains each day: Maybe your wrists hurt, your back is sore, or you have trouble focusing your eyes consistently when you get home. These everyday pains could be the signs of a repetitive strain injury, or RSI.
The term “repetitive strain injury” (also known as repetitive stress injuries) includes any injury that is caused by repetitive motion, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, tendonitis, or stress fractures. By doing the same thing at your job every day, you strain the same muscles and bones, contributing to wear and tear. RSIs can be very painful, and cause long-term damage if not properly treated. By knowing the causes of repetitive strain injuries, and how to prevent them, you can avoid developing this common work-related ailment.
Causes of Repetitive Strain Injuries
The most common cause of repetitive strain injuries is continuous, uniform motion. People who are employed in factories or in roles where they type all day are at risk for developing an RSI simply by doing their job.
Repetitive motion isn’t the only cause of RSIs. Repetitive strain injuries can also be caused by:
- Poor posture
- Uncomfortable work spaces
- Cold temperatures
- Standing or sitting in one place
- Heavy lifting
Unfortunately, the fact that many repetitive strain injuries are a direct result of the nature of certain occupations can make them difficult to avoid for some workers. If you are a person who has a job like this, there are some ways you can change your routine to lessen your risk of developing a repetitive strain injury.
In some cases, RSI prevention is as simple as taking breaks. You may still continue to use the same muscles while you are working, but resting those muscles will ease any strain.
If you concerned about how your desk job is contributing to your risk of repetitive strain injuries, invest in an ergonomic chair, keyboard, or mouse. You should also take opportunities to stand and stretch whenever possible. To limit eye strain, get a pair of blue-light blocking glasses and try to limit your screen time.
Employees who suffer from an RSI could have a workers’ compensation case. If you developed a repetitive strain injury and have a claim, contact Alvandi Law Group, P.C.
Our attorneys are available for free case evaluations. Send us your information or call (800) 980-6905 to get in touch with the team.