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How can you limit repetitive strain?

Repetitive strain injuries, or RSIs, have a way of impacting just about every type of worker. After all, the only requirement is for the sufferer to do a repetitive motion almost daily.

Due to the high rate of RSIs in the workplace, it is important to have a good way of combating these injuries. Stopping them in their tracks will serve everyone well.

Risks of the inflammation stage

Healthline looks at the prognosis for repetitive strain injuries. Generally speaking, RSIs take a long time to recover from due to the involvement of inflammation in the affected area.

The worker affected by an RSI should technically not return to work until the inflammation stage ends. A doctor should give their notice regarding when a person is allowed to work, and what sort of work they can pick up again.

However, many workplaces do not treat RSIs seriously and expect workers to return to their same jobs immediately. This can aggravate the RSI, causing the healing process to stop. In severe cases, a wound may end up aggravated to the point that rest will no longer help, and the victim must pursue surgery instead.

Limiting the possibility of RSIs

The best way to limit RSIs from happening is simple: take enough breaks throughout the day to avoid the RSI forming in the first place. Stretch breaks do not have to take up much time. Even 30 seconds of stretching every few hours can prevent an RSI.

Workers should speak with their management if they do not feel they get enough time to stretch or rest properly, as adjusting this would serve as a benefit to everyone.