RSI (or Repetitive Strain Injury) is a descriptive term for an overuse injury. Occupational Overuse Syndrome (OOS) is another name used to describe RSI.
Repeated use of the same movements causes inflammation and damage to the soft tissues (muscles, nerves, tendons and tendon sheaths etc.) In particular, RSI has been attributed to upper limb and forearm pain.
Common RSI Symptoms:
Burning, aching or shooting pain
Tremors, clumsiness and numbness
Fatigue or lack of strength
Weakness in the hands or forearms. It is often difficult to perform even simple tasks
Difficulty with normal activities like opening doors, chopping vegetables, turning on a tap
Chronically cold hands, particularly the fingertips
Physiotherapist can provide management for RSI by performing a work place ergonomic assessment done to recognise faulty patterns and incorporate correct positioning and techniques. Physios can also offer massage, ultrasound, stretching and strengthening exercises. In severe cases splinting of the wrist might be required.
This was written by Nick Lagos.