What is RSI and WRULD?

RSI stands for “repetitive strain injury” and WRULD is an abbreviation of “work-related upper limb disorder”. These terms – along with lesser known phrases such as “cumulative trauma disorder” and “occupational overuse syndrome” – are used to describe a variety of medical conditions affecting the upper limbs which can be caused or made worse by certain jobs. WRULDs may refer to:

●    tendonitis
●    carpal tunnel syndrome
●    osteoarthritis
●    vibration white finger (VWF)
●    thoracic outlet syndrome
●    tenosynovitis
●    Raynaud’s Disease
●    dystonia (writer’s cramp)

RSI and WRULD are both upper limb disorders and forms of musculoskeletal disorder (MSD). MSDs as a whole are the most common work related condition in the UK, accounting for over 50% of all self-reported occupational ill health.

What causes RSI and WRULD?

These types of problems can affect people engaged in repetitive or forceful work or jobs which involve an awkward posture. RSI results from damage to the soft tissues due to a repeated action.  Although it’s commonly associated with intensive computer work, it can affect many different types of workers and may be related to the following:

●    repeated use of vibrating tools
●    using a computer for extended periods
●    frequent repetitive movements
●    operating machinery
●    holding a phone up to your ear for long periods
●    heavy manual lifting

The pain resulting from RSI or WRULD can be serious and some people suffer long-term effects including numbness, tingling, loss of dexterity and weakness in the affected limb.

Making a claim for RSI and WRULD

The industrial disease lawyers at CH Legal can advise employees suffering from RSI and other work-related upper limb disorders and help them understand their rights. If you would like to find out whether you might have a claim for compensation due to your occupational injury, get in touch with Julie Smith or call 0845 4786 354.