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What is Work Related Upper Limb Disorder (WRULD)?

WRULD is a general term used to describe conditions that can affect the upper limb as a result of occupational tasks or postures. They may affect the shoulder, elbow, forearm, wrist, hand or fingers.

Types of WRULD

There are many types of WRULD including:
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Epicondylitis
  • Tendonitis

Soft tissue massage of the muscle and tendons in the forearmAbove: Soft tissue massage of the muscle and tendons in the forearm

What causes WRULD?

WRULD is caused by work related activities such as:
  • Repetitive movements
  • Poor working postures
  • Using excessive forces during work
  • Using poorly designed equipment

What are the symptoms of WRULD?

WRULD can cause the following symptoms:
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Stiffness
  • Reduced range of movement
  • Weakness
  • Pins and needles
  • Numbness

Physiotherapy for WRULD

Physiotherapy can be very important to the treatment of WRULD and it can relieve symptoms in most cases. At our physiotherapists are very experienced in treating WRULD. Treatment will also include advice to help prevention in the future. Treatment may include:
  • Cold / heat therapy
  • Electrotherapy
  • Massage
  • Range of movement exercises
  • Mobilisation
  • Stretching exercises
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Postural exercises
  • Postural advice
  • Workstation advice

Can WRULD cause any long-term effects?

If the problem is acute (recent occurrence) and it is treated quickly then WRULD can usually be resolved through physiotherapy. If the problem is chronic (long term) then physiotherapy can help to reduce symptoms and help with long term management of the condition.

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