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Development Of Repetitive Strain Injury  

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been various lockdowns across the UK and the world. These lockdowns have meant that more people are working from home and adapting to new working conditions 

For example, in April 2020, 46.6% of employees worked from home at some point during the month. 86% of those working from did so because of the pandemic. If you would to find out more about this study, visit the Office for National Statistics website. 

Working in new conditions and spaces can often lead to changes in body posture which can cause repetitive strain injuries.  

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What Is A Repetitive Strain Injury? 

repetitive strain injury is a general term that is used to describe pain in the nerves, muscles and tendons in any park of the body. It is caused by:  

  • Doing a high-intensity activity for a long period of time with little rest.  
  • Poor posture or specific activities that involve working in an awkward position for the body, causing pain.  
  • Completing repetitive activities.  

There are certain symptoms that are associated with a repetitive strain injury, such as:  

  • Swelling and inflammation of specific muscles and tendons.  
  • Pain, aching or tenderness in the body.  
  • Throbbing in the impacted area.  
  • Stiffness in the joints, causing a difficulty in moving those areas of the body.  
  • Cramp in the impacted areas of the body.  

These symptoms may only be noticeable when you are carrying out a specific action at first. However, as the severity of the problem progresses, the symptoms will start to last for longer and cause increased periods of pain.  

How To Prevent RSI 

You may be wondering how you can decrease the likelihood that you will be afflicted with RSI. There are certain specific steps that you can take, such as:  

  • Maintaining good posture at work – such as how to sit at a desk properly.  
  • Taking regular breaks from long or repetitive tasks. Rather than taking a long lunch break, you should take regular, frequent breaks throughout the day – such as a five-minute break every hour.  
  • Have a proper desk chair with a sturdy back to prevent back pain.  
  • Invest in a keyboard riser if your wrists or hands are starting to hurt and cramp. 

If you would like to find out additional information about how to prevent the development of RSI while sitting at a desk, visit the NHS website. 

Making Personal Injury Claims 

If you have suffered a personal injury, you may be entitled to receive compensation. First Personal Injury solicitors are available to assist you and ensure that you win the compensation that you deserve. 

First Personal Injury work with both families and individuals across England and Wales, leading them on their legal journey and helping them claim compensation after an accident or injury. Contact our specialist team to begin the process, either by phone on 0800 808 9740 or through our online form. 

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