Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI)

Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI)

RSI is work related disorder which caused due to mechanical compression and friction of the structures like tendons and nerves due to the overuse. It is common in IT workers and Manual workers and more common in hands and wrists. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most common repetitive strain injury where there is a compression of one of the major nerve entering the hand through the wrists. CTS can result in poor grip and reduced sensation in hand, pain, and clumsiness. In certain extreme cases there could be severe damage to the median nerve and tendon resulting in long term disability. The other conditions may include tennis elbow, bursitis, ganglion, dequervains tenosynovitis, and supraspinatus tendonitis and they are classified as Type I RSI injury. Type II RSI injury are vague pain and its difficult to identify the cause and the structure therefore difficult to treat them. Prevention is better than cure is most appropriate in this case therefore it is important to have a risk assessment of work place, have manual handling training and have specialist input from ergonomic consultant. You can also prevent RSI by taking regular breaks, maintaining good posture and doing regular stretches. Our experienced physiotherapist analyse the presenting symptoms and do thorough examination using their palpation skills and evidence based tests to diagnose the RSI condition. We also have specialist physiotherapist with a special interest in ergonomic assessment who can assess your workstation and posture and advise you on ergonomic modifications and also offer you splints and supports to prevent further injury. Our physiotherapists use evidence based treatment techniques including adverse neural mobilization, eccentric loading exercises, taping and transverse friction technique to treat RSI.