is my job giv­ing me repet­i­tive strain in­jury?

Woman (UK) - - Ask The Expert -

QI work in ad­min­is­tra­tion and spend a lot of time typ­ing. I’m con­cerned that I might have RSI as both my wrists ache and cramp by the end of the day. How can I keep on work­ing?

Philippa says:

ARepet­i­tive strain in­jury (RSI) is an in­jury to mus­cles and ten­dons caused by do­ing the same move­ments repet­i­tively, such as typ­ing. Symp­toms in­clude pain, cramp­ing, numb­ness or tin­gling and some­times weak­ness and tend to af­fect the wrists, arms and neck. Con­tact your line man­ager and your oc­cu­pa­tional health depart­ment and book an ap­point­ment with your GP. Cor­rect­ing your pos­ture at work with an er­gonomic chair, ad­just­ing the height of your key­board, etc can help. Your GP may also rec­om­mend phys­io­ther­apy, while over­the-counter anti-in­flam­ma­tory medicines such as ibupro­fen will re­lieve symp­toms.

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