Repetitive strain injury

RSI is a label used to describe a range of upper limb injuries caused or made worse by work. They are also known as ‘work related upper limb disorders’ or WRULD for short.

RSI can affect the tendons, muscles or joints of the hand, arm, shoulder and neck. Symptoms vary according to the type of injury and usually comprise of one or more of the following:

  • Stiffness
  • Aches and pains
  • Cramping
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Weakness

The following upper limb disorders have a known association with work:

  • Trigger Finger or Thumb
  • Tenosynovitis or Tendinitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tennis and Golfers Elbow
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome or Shoulder Impingement
  • Shoulder Tendinitis
  • Osteoarthritis


RSI was originally thought only to affect office workers undertaking intensive typing or data entry for prolonged periods in the working day. In fact, RSI occurs more frequently amongst manual workers over a wide range of activities and occupations from production line and assembly work to cleaning and hairdressing.

Making a claim

Your employer has a duty to provide you with a safe system of work including taking steps to reduce the risk of you developing RSI or making your condition worse. If your employer has failed to do so then one of our specialist lawyers can help you make a claim and ensure you obtain the maximum compensation you deserve.

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