Techies Are More Prone To Repetitive Strain Injury

by Dr. J V Srinivas

As per the medical survey, wrong postures and continuous use of computers and other devices can result in Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). RSI or Repetitive Strain Injury is a type of injury caused by repeated or sustained or uncomfortable activities in the musculoskeletal and nervous system in our body.

HM Arun Kumar who is the founder of Computer Injury Awareness and Prevention Society in Bengaluru stated the highest compensation is spent on hospital bills and therapy for computer injuries. Also, he added, “There are no policies for computer-related employment and RSI has no cure, but it can only be prevented.”

Over the past decade, city doctors have reported a drastic increase in techies RSI cases. They say that one in ten RSI patients were diagnosed, most of whom are techies and number of RSI cases has risen by 30 to 40% in the city. The most affected people are in the 20 to 40-year age group, especially people with desk jobs, who sit together for hours in abnormal positions in front of computers.

Dr. Srinivas J V, senior consultant, the orthopaedic unit said that he sees about 20-30 patients a month with RSI issues. “There has been an increase in these cases due to lack of awareness of the right posture, bad working habits, sedentary lifestyle and lack of exercise”.