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Does your job involve repetitive movements? Would you be surprised to know that the majority of jobs do?

Sitting, typing, lifting, scooping, pushing, bending… All of these movements can cause a repetitive strain injury (RSI). As a teen, it may not happen immediately, but if you don’t do anything to prevent it you will likely have issues later in life.

What is an RSI?

“The ordinary movements that we perform at work – such as gripping, lifting, clicking, twisting, reaching – shouldn’t cause pain but when done repeatedly, awkwardly, and forcefully, can lead to ongoing, and sometimes irreversible, pain.” (CCOHS.CA)

Types of RSIs include: carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis,, and can affect tendons, muscles, nerves and joints in the neck, upper and lower back, chest, shoulders, arms and hands. They are caused by overuse, fixed positions, awkward movements, heavy loads and other movements/positions that are prevalent in many jobs.

To learn how to prevent these injuries, visit: www.ccohs.ca


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