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Repetitive Strain Injury is a common work-related injury.
It results from inflammation of the muscles, tendons and nerves of some part of the body. Despite its name, it does not always result from a repetitive action, although it is commonly found to result from that. A constant load on the body or a part of the body can cause the condition. It can be very severe and debilitating.
The condition is on the increase in Ireland.
Assembly workers in some employments may be exposed to very high repetitions of movements daily. The condition may have different names; Synovitis, Bursitis, Tenosynovitis, Tendinitis, Peritendinitis, Epicondylitis or even Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Symptoms can consist of: Pain, Tingling, Numbness, Swelling, Crepitus, Disability, Loss of function.
Symptoms may continue even after work. The condition can become permanent.