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Wrist pain is one of the complaints we see at The Physicaltherapy Centre.

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Wrist/hand pain is becoming increasingly common with the increasing amount of hours spent at a desk, participation in racket sports, and resistance training in the gym. Injuries to this region can come about through one major trauma or as a result of repetitive strain. 

Reptitive strain injury [RSI]

RSI is the 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
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness especially in the hands or forearms
  • Difficulty performing normal activities
  • Chronically cold hands
  • Hypersensitivity

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

You can also read more information on golfers elbow and tennis elbow.

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