RSI is related to the overuse of muscles and tendons in the upper body.
Certain things are thought to increase the risk of RSI, including:
- repetitive activities
- doing a high-intensity activity for a long time without rest
- poor posture or activities that require you to work in an awkward position
Cold temperatures and vibrating equipment are also thought to increase the risk of getting RSI and can make the symptoms worse. Stress can also be a contributing factor.
A variety of jobs can lead to RSI, such as working at an assembly line, at a supermarket checkout or typing at a computer.
It’s important to work in a comfortable environment which has been appropriately adjusted. Your employer has a legal duty to try to prevent work-related RSI and ensure anyone who already has the condition doesn’t get any worse.
Read more about workplace health.