It’s International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day!

Focus is on musculoskeletal disorders that affect 4.5 million Canadians.

February 28, 2017   by PLANT STAFF

An illustration of a wrist xray showing the injury highlighted in red.

HAMILTON — Today is International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) reminds manufacturers these types of injuries affect about 15% Canadians.

RSI injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and tension neck syndrome affect 4.5 million people, according to Statistics Canada.

Also known as musculoskeletal disorders, they affect tendons, muscles, nerves and joints in the neck, upper and lower back, chest, shoulders, arms and hands.

RSIs are caused by repetitive movements; awkward postures and fixed body positions; excessive force concentrated on small parts of the body (hands and wrists); a fast pace of work with insufficient breaks or recovery time; and psychosocial factors such as stress.

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