Dealing with a repetitive strain injury can make daily activities a much harder thing to accomplish. It can also affect your ability to work, which is one of the main complaints many employees have.
In what ways do RSIs get in the way of a person’s ability to do their job? And what should workers know about potentially pushing their limits while healing from an RSI?
The way RSIs affect a body
Cleveland Clinic discusses the impact of repetitive stress injuries on the body. RSIs occur due to the aggravation of an area of the body because of a constant, repeated motion. This motion can encompass any repetitive action, and it can happen anywhere on the body. The primary joints and wrists are among the most common areas to suffer, though.
Many workers do repeated actions every day, and this can have a toll over time. For example, car mechanics, receptionists, hairstylists, nail artists, bankers, food preparation workers and music teachers all have jobs that require repetitive motions.
RSIs cause an inflammatory response that can damage the tissue in the area of injury. A victim may have lowered blood supply to the affected area, or the swelling may end up pinching and damaging nerves, leading to sensations of tingling or numbness.
Resting for an RSI
Rest is the best cure for an RSI, which is the biggest problem workers face. It is impossible to continue doing the action that caused the RSI while healing from it, meaning many employees have to take days, weeks or even months away from their usual job while waiting for the inflammation to die down. Needless to say, it is a heavy hit to any bank account.