There are more than 20 different conditions which can be described as upper limb disorders, or repetitive strain injury (RSI). RSI can affect the neck, shoulders and arms - including hands, wrists, fingers and elbows.
A wide range of businesses carry out work that may involve a risk of RSI. High-risk activities include:
- using hand-held tools or machinery - from screwdrivers to heavy industrial tools
- repetitive hand or arm movements, such as those involved in assembly-line work, food processing or packing
- using computers without taking the right precautions