US Outsources RSI

For years, IT (Information Technology) services such as data entry, programming, and technical support have been outsourced from America to places with a large pool of low-cost technical talent, such as India, displacing millions of American workers in the process. Now it appears that we’ve outsourced more than just jobs.

According to an article at leading Indian website rediff.com (Computer-Related Ailments On Rise), “The excessive and intensive use of computers has led to occupation-related injuries such as computer-related injuries or otherwise known as repetitive strain injury and computer vision syndrome.”

“15 to 20 per cent of youth working in the IT sector” in India “suffer from CRI, owing to the repeated physical movements, which, thereby, damages the tendons and ligaments. In the case of IT professionals, CRI can be attributed to their spending long hours with computers in unnatural postures and also owing to lack of exercise and intake of junk foods.”

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Randy Rasa

Randy is an engineer/programmer/web designer who has suffered from repetitive strain injury off and on for over a decade.

2 Comments:

  1. Hi,
    I am a software developer from India and have developed RSI symptoms since last few wmonths.
    Just as with US, hardly any doctors here seem to know what my prolem is (no one has probably heard the word RSI in their medical careers).

    I have mostly been reading the Net to find out more about my problem , apart fom doing some of the stretches prescribed a physiotherapist.

    However, there appears to be a major difference between the RSI sympotoms I find reported by people in US and here. Most of the RSI afflicted in India have symptoms in their neck, sholder and back areas. There are hardly few cases where people have symptoms in hand, wrists or in arm – which I found common symptoms amongst RSI sufferers in West.

    Otherwise, I found your site quite nice and useful. Thanks !

  2. i applied for data entry jobs over the internet and it is also a good part time job.`*-

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