Repetitive Strain Injury Information

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Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI's) are at record levels, with costs in the United States exceeding $100 Billion dollars annually for treatment, lost time from work, reduced production levels and Workers Compensation.

The status of Repetitive Strain Injuries has gone from epidemic proportions to pandemic Proportions during the past 5-years, with millions of people afflicted with disorders like carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, tennis elbow, dequervain's syndrome and a variety of other upper extremity repetitive strain injuries.

With the implementation of a few simple, non-invasive techniques such as good ergonomics, routine rest breaks and proper stretch and exercise programs, these types of disorders could be vastly reduced.

How serious are Repetitive Strain Injuries?

  • Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD's), including carpal tunnel syndrome, are among the most prevalent medical conditions in the U.S., affecting 7% of the population. They account for 14% of physician visits and 19% of hospital stays. 62% of the persons with musculoskeletal disorders report some degree of limitation on activity, compared with 14% of the population at large, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
  • In the industrialized world, the incidence of musculoskeletal injury (MSI) has reached epidemic proportions. In the United States, these disorders affect one out of every four people (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, 2000).
  • According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), MSIs account for one-third of all job-related injuries.
  • An estimated 2.3 million people aged 20 or older reported having had an RSI at some point in the 12 months prior to their participation in the Canadian Community Health Survey, for which data collection began in September 2000. (This is almost 10% of the population in a 12 month period, based off population of 32,498,632!)
  • Each year thousands of people are diagnosed with some kind of an illness directly related to poorly designed work stations. In the U.S., Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI, for short) has become the number one work-related health problem, according to OSHA statistics.
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD's) are the country's most costly category of workplace injuries and illnesses. In addition to spending $20 billion annually on workers' compensation costs due to RSIs, the U.S. spends another $100 billion on lost productivity, employee turnover, and other indirect expenses; The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.
  • According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI's) are the nation's most common and costly occupational health problem, affecting hundreds of thousands of American workers, and costing more than $20 billion a year in workers compensation.

Visit the menu links to the left to find out more about each of the devastating Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI's), its symptoms, causes and suggested treatments.

 

 

 
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