Ergonomics

By: Faria

What is RSI?

RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) is a weakening condition which is caused by overusing your hands or sitting in the wrong position to perform a repetitive task such as typing, clicking a mouse, or writing.

Symptoms of RSI

  • Tingling and burning sensations
  • Pain, dull ache
  • Dry, shiny palm
  • Clumsiness of the hands
  • Swelling around the wrist and hand
  • Wasting of the muscles at the base of the thumb
  • Aches and pains which may be strongest at night

Three Stages of RSI

Mild

  • Pain and aching of the wrists, arms, and hands which improves overnight. This stage might stay for weeks or months but it is reversible

Moderate

  • Pain, aching and tiredness occur earlier in the day. The pain stays during the night and it may disturb sleep. Physical symptoms might be visible such as swelling.This stage may stay for several months

Severe

  • Pain, aching and tiredness are experienced even when you are sleeping. Sleep is disturbed, and you may not be able to do simple tasks at home or at work. This stage can last for months or years and sometimes it may be irreversible

Office Exercises

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Preventing RSI

  • Take breaks when using your computer
  • Use good posture
  • Use an ergonomically optimized workstation
  • Exercise regularly
  • Only use the computer as much as you have to
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Types of RSI

Writers Cramp

Gamekeepers Thumb

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Wrist Tendinitis

DeQuervain's Tenosynovitis

Ganglion

Bursitis

Resources

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