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Work Related Upper Limb Disorder (WRULD)

Work Related Upper Limb Disorder (WRULD) is the term given to the overuse of soft tissues (such as muscles, tendons and nerves) within the body over a significant period of time. It occurs through continued repetition of the same movements, and can seriously affect a person’s day-to-day life and their ability to work.

WRULD covers a wide range of conditions including frozen shoulder, tennis elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome, which are often caused or worsened by work. WRULD conditions are widespread across a range of industries and jobs, but are a particular issue for employees who have had to endure:

  • repetitive work
  • uncomfortable working postures
  • sustained or excessive force
  • poor working environments or organisation
  • conducting tasks for long periods of time, without suitable rest or breaks.

The condition is most commonly found in factory workers involved in manufacturing and production lines who perform repetitive tasks in a difficult posture or with force; symptoms include aches and pains in their arms, wrists, shoulders fingers and/or thumbs. RSI can also affect office workers who carry out data inputting, typing, secretarial duties and other similar tasks.