Wrist/hand pain is becoming increasingly common with the increasing amount of hours spent at a desk, alas it is no wonder RSI is increasing in incidence. But what is RSI?
RSI or repetitive strain injury term used to describe an overuse injury. Continuous repeated movements such as typing and using a mouse or prolonged postures cause strain, inflammation and damage to soft tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and tendon sheaths). RSI can affect a wide range of people from baristas to office workers to musicians. RSI commonly occurs at the wrist and elbow often leading to wrist/hand pain.
RSI (wrist/hand pain) 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 RSI?
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
Acute cases of RSI are relatively simple to diagnosis and to treat successfully. Treatments include
- Chiropractic treatment, massage, adjustments, active release technique, dry needling, rehabilitation exercises
- Stopping or reducing the tasks or activities that are causing the injury.
- Altering the work environment and desk ergonomics
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, The Physicaltherapy Centre, at “Walker House”, Level 3, Suite 304, 161 Walker Street in North Sydney for more information.
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