RSI is a type of injury that can often be sustained from over use of certain msucles. It is normally due to the constant repetition of a particular movement. As movements are performed overtime, irritation and inflammation of soft tissues occurs in a localised spot. RSI is mostly seen in the upper limbs ranging from the shoulder to the fingers. Some of the common presentations include shoulder impingement, tennis elbow, trigger finger and carpal tunnel.
Signs and Symptoms
With RSI it is important to notice the signs early to maximise the results of recovery. The first notable symptoms may include:
Localised pain that maybe sharp or achy
Numbness or decrease sensation over a specific spot
Sudden decrease in strength, resulting in possible fatigue in the affected joint
It is important to notice the signs before the symptoms present completely. The signs may include significant discomfort or pain during or after performing repetitions to certain tasks. It is also important to understand that since RSI injuries arise from repetition, cessation and rest from aggravating activities may decrease signs and symptoms.
Causes of RSI
Since RSI heavily arises from the repetition of a physical task, the injury may be caused by incorrect position or size of the equipment for the user, not resting enough between repetitions of the task, along with rushing through work. Sustaining the same position for too long or even working in unsafe manner or technique may cause RSI to develop.
Treating RSI is common during the acute phase. Simple rest from activity along with manual therapy and rehabilitation may dramatically improve an individual’s prognosis. Chronic RSI is more complex since there are multiple factors that lead to the development of chronic presentations. In order to manage a reoccurring chronic RSI, it is important get to a manual therapist early in order to maximise the results and to prevent the injury from developing into a chronic state. Book in now at first hand health in order to manage your RSI before it develops into a chronic state.