Repetitive strain injury [RSI] is also known as repetitive motion disorder. With the increasing amount of hours spent by workers at their desks, it’s no wonder RSI is increasing in incidence. RSI is a term used to describe an overuse injury. Continuous repeated movements such as typing, using a mouse, or prolonged sitting postures can cause strain, inflammation and damage to soft tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and tendon sheaths). RSI can affect a wide range of people: baristas; office workers; labourers; professional sportsmen and musicians, etc. Whilst it is in theory possible to develop RSI within regions such as the lumbar spine or neck, it more commonly occurs within the wrist and elbow joints.
RSI symptoms include
- Tightness, discomfort and stiffness
- Burning, aching or shooting pain
- Tingling, numbness and loss of sensation
- Tremors and clumsiness
- Weakness, especially in the hands or forearms
- Difficulty performing normal activities
- Chronically cold hands
What causes Repetitive Strain Injury?
RSI is usually caused by a combination of multiple factors. These can include, but are not limited to:
- Continuous repetitive movements
- Prolonged postures
- Not enough micro breaks
- Poor work ergonomics
- Lack of training
- Poorly fitting equipment
Repetitive Strain Injury treatment
Acute cases of RSI are relatively simple to diagnose and treat successfully. A combination of treatment modalities is an ideal approach since it offers the irritated tissues multiple forms of stimuli to initiate the healing process. Such therapies may include:
- Joint manipulation
- Dry needling
- Active Release Technique
- Restorative exercises
- Cessation of the tasks or activities causing the injury
- Altering work environment (desk ergonomics, technique, schedule/duration)
Common RSI conditions include carpal tunnel, golfers and tennis elbow
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms book an appointment today on 02 9922 6116 or visit our clinic at “Walker House, Level 3, Suite 304, 161 Walker Street in North Sydney for more information.
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