Thousands of computer users may be able to claim compensation if they suffer symptoms of RSI (repetitive strain injury), following the publication of a study claiming it is a provable medical condition. The two-year study conducted by experts at University College London, concluded that a central feature of RSI is damage to nerves in the hands of those affected. Even a small amount of keyboard use subsequent to the damage would cause shaking and often acute pain. Nerve damage could be accurately assessed in sufferers using a medical vibrating tool to check sensation in the hands and arms. "If detected early, changes in work practices can be made and the risk of developing RSI can be reduced," said Dr Bruce Lynn, a neurophysiologist who helped conduct the study. Union officials were delighted by the report, which could enable many of their members to seek compensation for suffering from RSI.
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