Is your job getting on your nerves? | Paul Rooney

Is your job getting on your nerves?

We’re not talking about your looming deadlines, trouble with your boss or the long hours you’re putting in. We’re talking about whether your job is, quite literally, getting on your nerves.  

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is no joke. And for those who suffer, it can make life miserable - not to mention the affect it can have on your work and at home.  

What is Repetitive Strain Injury RSI?

It is essentially the overuse of muscles, nerves or tendons. It is often associated with work related illness and tends to affect the upper body more than the lower. Having a job where you have to complete repetitive tasks, such as preparing food, construction, carpentry, typing or use of hand tools, can start to affect the muscles and nerves in your body. 

Symptons of Repetitive Strain Injury

It depends on the type of work you do and the area of your body that is affected. If you are a writer, or type a lot as part of your job, you may find that the muscles in your hands and wrists are affected. You may feel pain, not only when you’ve finished typing, but when carrying out other day-to-day tasks. 

If you work in construction or are used to doing a lot of manual handling, you may find that you experience pain in your arms, shoulders and back. You may also use tools that vibrate. These can often cause RSI too. 

RSI can also affect the strength of the affected area. Gripping may be difficult, to the point that even holding a cup of tea becomes a chore. Or, you may experience some numbness or tingling sensations. These symptoms can be very uncomfortable and unpleasant.  

RSI can be more than just a pain in the neck. It can have a significant impact on your daily life and the quality of life that you have. If you feel as if you may have symptoms of RSI, then it is important that you contact your GP and seek medical treatment. 

There are many things you can do that improve the symptoms of RSI, such as strengthening exercises. It might mean you have to take time off work so as not to make your symptoms worse. You may also need to asses your work situation on your return to ensure your role is altered to help you cope with your condition.  

What’s next? 

If you feel as if you might be suffering from RSI then you may be eligible to claim for compensation. Loss of work, income and quality of daily life can be extremely frustrating and stressful. Here at Paul Rooney Solicitors, we understand the strain it can have on your life. Don’t suffer in silence. Do something today and contact us on 0800 180 4076. 


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