Repetitive Strain Injury: The Steps to Take
For comic book artists, it can manifest in the form of carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist, due to long hours and consistent weeks being spent on various deadlines. For plumbers and carpenters, it can manifest in the form of tennis elbow, a nightmare that worsens over time and largely restrict someone’s ability to work. Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is an issue that affects many more Americans each year than one might think. Just under two million workers are affected by RSI each and every year, and the resulting medical treatments can cost a grand total of an estimated $17-20 billion annually.
According to the US Department of Labor and OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration), thousands of Americans suffer from RSI, making it one of the most common types of workplace injuries and occupational health problems. More specifically, as per the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, two-thirds of reported occupational illnesses were specifically related to repeated upper-body trauma to the worker, such as in the elbow, neck, wrist, or shoulder. Many employers tell their workers that this type of injury isn’t eligible for workers compensation benefits, but it most certainly is.