Repetitive Strain Injury

When making a claim against your employer you’re protected by law from unfair treatment or dismissal. You can also make an RSI claim against a former employer, even if they’re no longer in business.

Repetitive Strain Injury – RSI

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is caused by repeated use of a body part, such as your shoulder, elbow, forearm, wrist or hand. Most sufferers are office workers who spend long periods of time typing on computer keyboards. However, RSI can affect anyone who performs repetitive movements. It is not confined to office work.

Symptoms of Repetitive Strain Injury

Although you can get RSI in most body parts, it most commonly affects the:

  • shoulders
  • elbows
  • forearms and wrists
  • hands and fingers

Symptoms of RSI can appear gradually, so that it’s often hard to recognise until it’s too late, the more common symptoms include:

  • pain, which may feel like burning, aching or throbbing
  • stiffness and weakness
  • tingling, pins-and-needles or numbness
  • muscle cramps
  • swelling