Any job that involves repetitive action can result in a repetitive strain injury (RSI). Anyone from a mechanic to a school teacher to a clerk can end up dealing with the effects of RSIs.
But what are these effects, exactly? What is the true impact of an RSI on a person’s life?
What causes RSIs?
Healthline examines the impact of repetitive strain injuries. These injuries are a result of doing repetitive motions with the same part of the body.
For example, a cashier at a grocery store will do the same motion of scanning items and entering numbers into the register. A car mechanic will likely also do the same motions when repairing cars, such as tightening or loosening nuts and bolts.
RSIs result in microtears and pulls in the muscles. Over time, this can also cause swelling, which can pinch nerves and cause damage. It may result in pain, tingling, numbness or even a lack of mobility in the affected area.
How do they affect people?
These effects can range from mild to severe. They also worsen if the injured worker does not take the proper time they need to rest and recover. This is a big problem for employees, who often do not have the free time needed to regain full health.
It is also a problem because the pain and other effects of RSIs can have immediate and devastating impacts on workers’ ability to carry out their jobs. This could potentially result in the loss of a job or a demotion to a lower position with fewer responsibilities and tasks. In turn, this results in a loss of income which can have a massive and negative impact on life quality.