A repetitive strain injury arises when an individual hurts a muscle, tendon or nerve through repeated physical motion. For example, carpal tunnel syndrome may afflict those who type a lot. Bending and lifting constantly, often required in a manufacturing setting, may also cause an RSI.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were over 17,000 cases of injuries from repetitive microtasks in 2019; these types of injuries are far from uncommon. Certain symptoms may indicate you have a repetitive strain injury.
One of the most obvious signs of an RSI is pain. This pain may range from mild to severe enough to inhibit normal activities and may progressively become worse over time. It may also be constant or come at intermittent intervals.
You may also notice your strength in certain limbs decreasing. You may not be able to grip or lift things as easily or perform certain tasks you used to be capable of. You may be in the middle of physical activity and suddenly experience a part of your body, such as your hand, going limp or giving out.
3. Strange sensations
RSIs may also result in numbness, throbbing, tingling, burning or other strange sensations. These may persist without stopping for a period, or they may come and go. Numbness and sudden sensitivity to cold may also signal an RSI.
If you believe you have an RSI, you need a professional medical opinion as RSIs may worsen over time if not treated. If you sustained a repetitive strain injury as a result of performing your duties at work, you may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits.