Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Warana

May 28, 2012

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) describes a group of conditions that include many localised injuries such as trigger finger, golfer’s and tennis elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome.

The underlying cause of RSI is damage to muscles and tendons (and often the nerves that run through them) due to overuse. Overuse of these structures may occur due to repetitive activity, lack of variety in tasks undertaken, inappropriate equipment and poor working posture.

Symptoms vary, but will often include a build-up of pain with the repetitive activity and pain following the activity. Associated symptoms may include pins and needles, burning and weakness in the affected limb.

It is important that if you suspect you may be experiencing the symptoms of RSI that you consult your physiotherapist. These conditions can be challenging to treat, but the outcomes are often much better if the problems are addressed early.