Repetitive Strain Injury

Repetitive Strain Injury

Repetitive strain disorders usually occur in the workplace when employees carry out excessive repetitive tasks without adequate breaks. More commonly, repetitive strain disorders affect upper limbs although they do sometimes occur on other body parts.

One of the leading causes of repetitive strain syndrome in the workplace is the use of computers and/or keyboards without appropriate breaks or wrist support. Another likely cause of repetitive strain syndrome is working on the check-outs in a supermarket.

Repetitive strain syndrome can include strains and sprains in the wrist, causing permanent and debilitating painful symptoms. Express Solicitors have extensive experience in dealing with repetitive strain syndrome cases and have a great reputation for Employer’s Liability cases of this nature.

Carpel Tunnel syndrome is a form of Repetitive Strain Syndrome, for more information please read below.

Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a painful repetitive strain injury effecting the wrists and/or hands. It is a common condition that can be prevalent on one or both (bilateral) sides of the body.

A common symptom experienced by those suffering with Carpel Tunnel Syndrome is a pins and needles type sensation in the hands and wrists. Numbness and tingling in fingers and hands can occur or sometimes a shooting pain up the arm due to pressure on the median nerve.

Causes

Carpel Tunnel Syndrome often develops through ergonomically unsafe work practices and repetitive tasks.

The most likely causes of Carpel Tunnel Syndrome are:

  • Repetitive, strenuous tasks involving manipulation of the thumb and wrists with excessive, heavy and/or repetitive movements
  • Repeated direct pressure on the base of the palm
  • Working in a production line type employment
  • Exposure to vibratory hand held tools can also cause Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
  • Frequent use of computers and laptops without adequate wrist support

Often cases of repetitive strain syndrome arise as a result of lack of rotation, or inadequate breaks from repetitive tasks. It is the responsibility of employers to ensure that adequate risk assessments are carried out. This helps them to identify risks of a particular task and in turn provide adequate job rotation to reduce such risk.

Fortunately, most Carpel Tunnel Syndrome injuries can be resolved by simple day surgery where the surgeon will carry out a procedure involving Carpel Tunnel release.

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