FROM The RSI Association, 380 - 384 Harrow Road, London.W9 2HU FAO News & Health Editors Subject: Media Case Studies: Synopsis of each case Media enquiries: Richard Southorn, Information Manager, RSI Association, 020 7266 2000 Case Study 1 Bradford Having been injured whilst working as a word processing operator, Mrs M, 49 from Bradford is now recovering. She now works as an appraisal officer, which still involves computer use, but she also uses voice recognition software and an ergonomic mouse and keyboard to help her do her job. She has also made changes to her home life to limit aggravating the injury. Case Study 2 Warwickshire Mrs J from Warwickshire, sustained her injury whilst working as a seamstress. She is now retired and has changed the way she carries out activities. For example she breaks her jobs down, paces her work and gets her husband to help with the harder manual work. Case Study 3 Surrey Mr W is a civil servant in his mid fifties living in Surrey. He developed an RSI condition due to repetitive computer work and dealing with telephone enquiries whilst short of staff. He is currently recovering through a combination of appropriate treatment and ergonomic changes to his workstation. Case Study 4 Bath Mrs M currently works as an Alexander Technique teacher in Bath and has fully recovered from her RSI condition. She is 49 and developed her injury whilst working as a publicity and marketing officer. She found rest, physiotherapy and the Alexander technique very helpful with her recovery. She was unemployed for 2 years after sustaining her injury and then retrained as an Alexander Technique teacher. Case Study 5 Nottinghamshire Mrs L is a 61 year old retired keyboard operator from Nottinghamshire. Her RSI condition came about as result of using an ergonomically incorrect workstation. She has now learned to control and manage her condition by using various gadgets in the kitchen. She also gets help from her family members with activities she cannot do or finds painful. Case Study 6 Isle of Wight Mrs S currently works as a part-time switchboard operator in the Isle of Wight. Her RSI condition resulted from sitting in the same position for long periods of time whilst working as a telephone operator. She is in her early fifties and has tried various treatments. She lives with the condition and has made a number of changes in her home life so as not to further aggravate the condition. These include no heavy lifting, getting her family to help and using gadgets in the kitchen. Case Study 7 Surrey Keyboarding and taking minutes whilst working as a secretary is how Mrs L, 57 from Surrey sustained her injury. Rest, medication, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, exercises, ultrasound and Pilates have helped Mrs L make a partial recovery. She currently does not work but has made changes in her home life as a result of the injury, for example she no longer drives. She also has help with shopping, cooking and household tasks and follows an exercise programme. Case Study 8 Bristol Mrs D is a retired scanning clerk in her mid fifties, living in Bristol. Her injury affected her arms, shoulders, wrists and hands as a result of continuous repetitive scanning. She has had surgery on both hands and has also tried physiotherapy. She is currently living with her condition and has retired from her job due to ill-health. Case Study 9 North Yorkshire Mrs A had to leave her job as a secretary due to an RSI condition. She tried various treatments, which included rest, exercise, medication, physiotherapy and pain management. She then went to university where she used voice recognition software to complete her assignments. Now 35 and living in Yorkshire, she works as an HR co-ordinator and has recovered from her condition. However, she still does her exercises to ensure the condition doesn't re-occur and uses various gadgets to help her in the kitchen. Case Study 10 London Ms G, 36 from London is living with her RSI condition. Her life is quite restricted in that she has had to give up all sports and hobbies that require dexterity and she can no longer travel or go on holiday. She was injured whilst working as a keyboard operator through a temping agency. She has tried various forms of treatment and was out of work for five years due to her condition, before she regained employment as a part-time finance officer. Case Study 11 Flintshire Mrs J, 49, is a factory worker from Wales. Her injury resulted from excessive piecework. She is now living with her condition and often uses her fingers for jobs that used to include gripping with thumbs. Her treatment has included wearing splints, physiotherapy and ultra sound. Case Study 12 Northamptonshire Mrs A from Northamptonshire is 45, and injured both her arms as a result of excessive data entry whilst working as a secretary/linguist. She has tried a series of treatments ranging from injections, medication, pain management to physiotherapy, massage, osteopathy and acupuncture, however none have so far been successful. She left her job as a result of her injury and now does some voluntary work and has learned to live with her chronic condition. Case Study 13 London Miss H is 32, from London and worked in reception/accounts when she sustained her injury. Her condition had affected her arms, hands, neck and back as a result of working at a computer for 10 hours a day at a badly designed workstation. She tried a range of treatments including reflexology, massage and osteopathy. She now lives with the condition spending most of her time on treatments. Case Study 14 London At the age of 39, Miss P, from London, got her RSI condition in both arms. She worked as a clerical officer, mainly doing keyboard work. Following various forms of treatment and advice from her physiotherapist, she can now do short periods of activity. She is hoping to return to part-time work and regularly does stretches/exercises and takes more care over her diet and lifestyle. Case Study 15 London Ms A, from London, is 57 and currently working as a teaching assistant. Her RSI affected her hands, wrists and arms whilst she was a student knitting intensively for her final project. Her doctor was unsympathetic and she did not receive any treatment. She now works as a teaching assistant and cannot use a computer for more than half an hour. She is living with her condition and cannot carry anything heavy, or do knitting, DIY or gardening. Case Study 16 London Mr P, from London, sustained his injury in his mid 30’s whilst working as an Estate Services Contracts Manager. After seeking treatment in the form of rest, massage and physiotherapy, he has now adapted to a regime of taking regular breaks and exercise whilst at the computer and uses a special ergonomic keyboard.