Anyone who has had repetitive strain injury will tell you how painful and chronic it is. If you’re currently suffering from this type of injury, there is hope. Here’s how to work around it, recover, and become stronger.

Legal Considerations

Maybe you haven’t approached your employer just yet about your pain. If you’ve injured yourself at work, however, you need to get on it. Even if you don’t think that the response will be a positive one, you need to at least make an attempt.

This establishes a record of the incident. When you injure yourself on the job, your employer is legally responsible for you and there is employer’s liability insurance that covers it. When you don’t report it, however, the insurance can’t cover any of your medical treatments.

If your employer puts up resistance, it’s not the end of the world. You can (and should) seek legal assistance. According to, slips and falls, repetitive strains, and other injuries aren’t all that uncommon anymore.

With employers putting strict deadlines on jobs, expecting more out of their employees, and pushing every project harder, there’s a higher risk for injury.

And, if your employer isn’t willing to accept responsibility, a lawyer may be more persuasive than you can be.

Preventative Measures and Self-Help

Repetitive strain injuries, or RSIs, have a wide range of symptoms which include pain and tenderness in the muscles and joints. You’ll probably notice symptoms the most when you’re engaging in demanding activities that caused them.

Even if you don’t know exactly what caused your injury, the pain will help you deduce that.

Some symptoms include a sharp or dull ache or pain, stiffness, tingling, numbness, cramps, or weakness.

The pain might get worse over time, which might make you think you’ve suffered a serious injury. It may be so bad that you’re unable to do regular housework, not to mention your job.

Preventative measures focus on avoidance and active treatments. Splitting up work and doing tasks in different orders, rather than concentrating on one job for two or three days at a time, or doing the same tasks every day, in the same order, can help alleviate symptoms.

In other words, mix things up at work and don’t follow the same old routine – that’s how you got injured.

Work with your employer to find alternative ways of doing things. Periodically look at distant objects through a window if you spend a lot of time staring at a computer screen. For every 20 minutes you’re looking at a computer screen, look outside at least objects in the distance for at least a minute or two.

This helps relax the eyes.

Learn to touch-type at work if you work on a keyboard. This method uses all of your fingers an thumbs and enables you to look up at the screen instead of craning your head down to look at your fingers on the keyboard.

Finally, take regular breaks from work. For every hour you spend sitting, stand for 5 to 10 minutes.


Medical treatment isn’t necessarily a last-ditch effort or option, but it does involve more work. You will need to get treatment when your RSI becomes intractable. A physiotherapist or occupational therapist can help relieve discomfort, design corrective exercises, and help with massage, acupuncture, chiropractic care, and a multitude of other modalities.

Jonathan Creswick is an experienced healthcare professional. He is always willing to share his tips and insights online. You can find a number of different articles written by him on different websites.

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