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RSI - Repetitive Strain Injuries

RSI - Repetitive Strain Injuries is a general term used to describe overuse injuries, which can be in any part of the body. RSI - Repetitive Strain Injuries have been around since people first began repeating motions and carrying out manual labor. However, with the use of modern technological devices, the occurrence of RSI - Repetitive Strain Injuries have increased in recent years. 

What is RSI - Repetitive Strain Injuries?

RSI - Repetitive Strain Injuries occur when there is a gradual buildup of damage to muscles, tendons, and nerves from repetitive motions. It has many names, including repetitive motion injuries, repetitive motion disorder (RMD), cumulative trauma disorder (CTD), occupational overuse syndrome, overuse syndrome, and regional musculoskeletal disorder. 

RSI - Repetitive Strain Injuries can be categorized into two general areas:

  • Type 1 RSI is a musculoskeletal disorder. Symptoms usually include swelling and inflammation of specific muscles or tendons.
  • Type 2 RSI has a range of causes. It is often related to nerve damage resulting from work activities.

RSI - Repetitive Strain Injuries includes many localised injuries such as trigger finger, golfers elbow, tennis elbow, bursitis, rotator cuff injury and carpal tunnel syndrome. RSI - Repetitive Strain injuries may also describe more diffuse pain syndromes (those spread over the body), diagnosed as cervicobrachial or chronic pain syndrome.

RSI - Repetitive Strain Injuries

Signs and Symptoms of RSI - Repetitive Strain Injuries

RSI - Repetitive Strain Injuries can affect many areas of the body, (usually the hand, wrist, forearms, elbows, neck and shoulders) and therefore specific symptoms can vary from each condition. General symptoms of RSI - Repetitive Strain Injuries include:

  • a burning, aching or shooting pain
  • Tremors, clumsiness and numbness
  • Fatigue or a lack of strength
  • Muscle weakness or stiffness
  • Difficulty with everyday activities 
  • Sensitivity to temperature

Causes of RSI - Repetitive Stress Injuries

The causes of RSIs vary widely.

Here are some activities and equipment that can increase the risk:

  • overuse of a particular muscle or group of muscles
  • vibrating equipment
  • working in cold temperatures
  • poor posture or a non-ergonomically designed workspace
  • forceful activities
  • holding the same posture for prolonged periods
  • direct pressure to particular areas
  • carrying heavy loads
  • fatigue
  • increased psychological stress has been shown to to worsen RSI

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