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What is RSI?
Repetitive strain injuries are a category of injuries involving damage to muscles, tendons, and nerves caused by overuse or misuse. Unlike an injury which results from a single incident, RSI's, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, develop slowly over time. If allowed to progress, an RSI can develop into a permanent disability. RSI's most commonly affect the hands, fingers, wrists, elbows, arms, shoulders, back or neck.

Who is at risk?
If you work or play at a computer, use a mobile phone, or play using a gaming device, you are at risk of getting an RSI. Using a computer keyboard, keypad, or texting lead to RSI, because this work often involves one or more of the following risk factors which predispose you to injury:

  • The repetition of small, rapid movement
  • Working in a static and/or awkward position for long periods of time
  • Insufficient recovery time (too few rest breaks)

Personal pain and suffering are a result of RSI, but also millions of dollars are spent each year in lost wages and treating these injuries.


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