An analysis of figures from the Health and Safety Executive by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy found that injuries were most common in building trades, health and social care and among factory workers.
Office workers can also suffer extreme discomfomfort from repeated poor posture in a seated position.
Problems are also encountered using every day equipment such as computers at work.
In 2008-9, 213,000 people in work had RSI problems that were caused or made worse by work – of these 81,000 were new cases.
This compared to 222,000 in 2002-3 – of which 87,000 were new cases.