Repetitive Strain Injury – a new wave of pain caused by technology

Repetitive strain injury (RSI), is a term used to describe a broad range of symptoms caused by the repeated movement of a particular part of the body. which are also known as Work Related Upper Limb Disorders (WRULD). These injuries have become increasingly common due to modern technology.

The London Bridge Hospital, Consultant Shoulder and Upper Limb Surgeon Mr Tony Kochhar, says that “...recent advances in technology such as smartphones, handheld videogames and even hair-straighteners have led to a new wave of problems with RSI. This demonstrates how even the most entertaining or labour-saving gadget might be causing an RSI which can develop into a chronic problem.”

What are the signs of RSI or WRULD to look out for when you're typing out your next text message? Symptoms include the following:

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