RSI 'Is a Real Pain'; Research Could Help Thousands of Suffering Keyboard Operators
Byline: JENNY HOPE
RESEARCHERS say they can prove repetitive strain injury really does exist.
Their work is likely to settle the controversy over RSI, which has been dismissed by some medical experts and one High Court judge - who said there was no such thing.
It should help RSI to be classified as a recognisable medical condition and could help thousands of workers who are seeking compensation for the disorder.
Solicitor Tom Jones said: 'We are talking about a timebomb as far as RSI cases are concerned. Here we have the first cloak of respectability for sufferers often dismissed as nutters.' About 200,000 workers are estimated to have RSI - crippling pain and loss of strength, especially in wrists and hands caused by highly-repetitive movements which employees such as those using computer keyboards have to perform.
Sceptics say medical examination of RSI victims often fails to find a physical cause for the pain and disability. But a two-year study by researchers from University College, London, funded by the medical charity Action Research 'points strongly' to a nerve-related cause.
A new test can show when people have nerve damage which can lead to RSI, even before symptoms develop. …