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What is Repetitive Strain Injury?


RSI or Repetitive Strain Injury is a rising problem in the workplace. So what is it and what can you do about it?

What is a Repetitive Strain Injury?

RSI (or repetitive strain injury) is a medical term describing pain that is felt in muscles, nerves, and tendons of the arm. It is caused by repetitive motions of the hand and arm when sitting in front of a computer and the overuse of the hand and arm. It is sometimes called both upper limb disorder, and non-specific upper limb pain.

How can Penclic help with RSI?

We suggest first watching the video below about the Penclic Mouse and how it can help with RSI:

What are the symptoms of RSI?

The most common symptoms can range from mild to severe and include:

– Pain
– Swelling
– Numbness or Tingling
– Tenderness in the hands, wrist, and/or arm
– Stiffness in the hands, wrist, and/or arm

Tips for Preventing and Coping with RSI

Step one would definitely entail using office equipment that helps prevent RSI like the Penclic Mouse and our ergonomic keyboards. But what else can you do to help prevent RSI?

– Sit up straight in your chair
– Use a chair that is supportive and consider office furniture that is ergonomic and supports your posture or try a standing desk
– Keep your arms straight and ensure your keyboard and mouse are at the right height
– Get up and move around frequently and exercise your hands, wrists, arms, and shoulders

Sadly, RSI is becoming a common occurrence in the workplace and having the knowledge and tools to help prevent it is key. Because almost anyone that works long hours at a desk is at risk, it’s important to be aware and take care of yourself. You need your hands, wrists, and arms to do your job, so consider your own risk for RSI and be prepared.

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