The Cumulative Trauma Disorder (CTD) Resource Network has organized the second annual International RSI Awareness Day on Feb. 28.
A repetitive strain injury (RSI) is an umbrella term for a number of overuse injuries affecting the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, and nerves) of the neck, upper and lower back, chest, shoulders, arms and hands.
These injuries begin with aches and pains and may progress to disorders that prevent sufferers from working or leading normal lives.
RSI Awareness Day was first held on Feb. 29, 2000, the only "non-repetitive" day of the calendar.
Organizers of the event encourage people to participate in local events in order to raise awareness of RSI''s.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that repetitive trauma disorders (not including back injuries) accounted for 62 percent (308,000) of all reported work-related illness cases in 1995.
The CTD Resource Network (CTDRN) is a non-profit organization providing educational material and charitable assistance related to the prevention and treatment of cumulative trauma disorders.
CTDRN works with individuals and organizations in providing information to the repetitive strain injury (RSI) community -- those with RSIs, others at risk, and related professionals and organizations.
For more information on the upcoming event, please contact the International RSI Awareness Day Committee at (209) 827-0801 or email to [email protected].
by Virginia Sutcliffe