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RSI - Repetitive Strain Injury

 

A term used to describe muscular pains and difficulties caused by carrying out repetitive tasks for long periods. These conditions are frequently attributed to working on computer systems, although this type of injury is not new, as in housemaids-knee or tennis elbow.

The computer has made it possible for someone to work all day at a keyboard without varying their pattern of movement significantly, not even having to change paper or get up to go to a filing cabinet. The avoidance of this type of situation requires careful study of work patterns, building in a sufficient degree of variation. Problems can also be avoided by creating a good working environment with correct seating, lighting and equipment positioning. Advice is available on the importance of seating and positioning.

If someone with RSI still needs to access a computer there are various modifications that can help them. Tiredness and strain can be alleviated by using wrist rests and arm supports (from QED), hand and finger movement reduced with an ergonomic keyboard. Voice and other alternative input systems can be used to allow sufferers time to recover from their injuries.

For more information on RSI please contact: RSI UK

 

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