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Ergonomics Now - Hand, Wrist and Forearm Injuries and Repetitious Computer Work

RSI Recovery

The following article is a personal recovery story from an RSI sufferer.
Entitled RSI Recovery So Far by Erik Barkley

Physcal Recovery
The first step in this process was sounding out a prospective physical/occupational therapist. I had tried a few weeks of physical therapy several months earlier with less than desirable results. I was encouraged while "interviewing" a perspective therapist over the telephone when she asked if I was familiar with Dr. Pascarelli and Deborah Quilter's book. By that time I had read it and re-read it cover to cover. I was also encouraged during the first session, when she performed a lengthy set of relatively non-invasive tests, thereby being the first person to deduce my thoracic/neck involvement in my tingling fingers.
Therapy began with several months of nothing but heat, stretching, massage, and icing.


Don't just sit there

By Julie-Anne O'Hagan
Wednesday August 28, 2002
The Sydney Morning Herald As new laws oblige bosses to better address health issues, the best defence against repetitive strain injuries remains walking away from the keyboard as often as possible. The "greed is good" catchcry may be synonymous with the 1980s workplace, but so is the musculoskeletal disease known as repetitive strain injury (RSI). As computers enveloped the workplace, the definition of RSI broadened in the '90s to occupational overuse syndrome (OOS). This covers a range of conditions characterised by discomfort or persistent pain and is usually associated with repetitive work, sustained or constrained postures and/or forceful movements. On Monday 2nd September, the new NSW Occupational Health and Safety Act comes into being and employers will be obliged to address workplace risks to employees' health. Although the incidence of OOS in NSW has declined in the past decade, the overall cost of cases has more than doubled, totalling $26 million in 1999-2000 the cost of each case about $27,654. The total time lost from the workforce during the same period for all cases was 9598 weeks, with an average 17 weeks off work for each case.... In a study last year of 60 people working at a Sydney call centre, Cook found that although only two or three people officially reported OOS, up to 70 per cent claimed to have aches and pains. After instruction about posture, the number experiencing pain fell markedly. Cook says Australian OOS guidelines for workplace posture and computer use are adequate, but they often do not incorporate the latest best-practice procedures.

 

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