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Repetitive Strained Injury (RSI)

What is RSI?

RSI is the name given to a group of injuries affecting the muscles, tendons and nerves primarily of the neck and upper limbs.

RSI powerlifterThere are two types of RSI:-

  • Specific Named Conditions - these include tenosynovitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, tennis elbow, De Quervain's Syndrome, etc.
  • Diffuse RSI - this is where there is no clear-cut diagnosis but a range of symptoms exist. Sometimes it is known as non-specific pain syndrome.


The overriding general symptom of a repetitive strain injury is pain!

RSI arm painPain will usually manifest itself in the muscles or joints and can affect the shoulders, neck, upper back, arms wrists, hands and fingers amongst others.

Tingling, aches, numbness, tightness, burning, swelling, cramps and general soreness are often experienced along with a feeling of weakness in the affected area, it can also affect sleeping patterns. 

With diffuse RSI there are usually no visible signs. 

What causes RSI?
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RSI is caused by a combination of overuse and repetition, awkward or static postureand insufficient recovery time. Stress is often a factor. 
RSI is preventable and treatable. 

It is vital not to ignore the early warning signs. In the early stages of an RSI it is common to have one or two of the symptoms during the type of activity that brings on the pain, but once the activity has ceased, the symptoms will also disappear. 

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Here I would like to share my experience as well because I have to sit for 12 to 14 hours a day and that creates a static posture as well for me but this also bring the same syndrome as you have diagnosed and then I go to my osteopath who knows that how to give me relief to me because this is usual for them and a lot of patients with the symptoms report on daily basis.
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