Repetitive strain injury hits beyond the keyboard

Rehab Regs, March 4, 2004

Computer users aren't the only ones hit hard by repetitive strain injury (RSI), according to the [Glasgow, Scotland] Evening Times. Many workers in other industries are at risk for RSI, including textiles and construction. RSI is a generic term that covers a number of over-use injuries affecting the muscles, tendons, and nerves of the back, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, and in some cases, the legs and feet. According to a recent study, construction workers were more likely to suffer work-related pains in their arms and neck than office workers using computers all day. Checkout cashiers, production-line workers and laboratory technicians are also at risk for RSI, along with text-messaging and computer game-playing children who may be at risk of straining their hands and wrists.

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