Repetitive Strain Injury(RSI)

What is an RSI?

Repetitive strain injuries result from continuously performing the same motion with a muscle or tendon, which causes discomfort, soreness or pain in the affected area. This can include muscles, tendons or even nerves.


Our online physicians can consult with you to determine your discomfort's source and suggest the right action to address it.


Symptoms of repetitive strain injury can vary from minor discomfort to intense agony and inflammation of the impacted region. It is likely to affect the neck, shoulders, elbows, arms, wrists, hands and fingers most often.


The following symptoms are common to RSI:

  • Pain

  • Tightness

  • Swelling

  • Tingling (like pins and needles)

  • Stiffness

  • Numbness


Our doctors are available whenever you get a chance and can give you a thorough evaluation of your symptoms. Through the discussion of your symptoms, they will likely be able to diagnose Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).


If you have attempted to take a break and the pain persists, or if over-the-counter medicines are not providing relief, it is beneficial for the doctor to be aware of what activities make the condition worse. Make sure to inform the doctor of this information.


If your symptoms persist, your doctor may recommend additional tests. Doing this can make an accurate diagnosis and provide the best treatment possible.


There are several reasons why you might develop RSI. Some of the causes include:

  • Movements or activities that are repetitive

  • Insufficient rest breaks while performing repetitive tasks

  • Staying in the same position for an extended period or having poor posture

  • Uncomfortable working conditions


Several things can be done to treat RSI, including:

  • Painkillers

  • Physiotherapy

  • Surgery

  • Avoiding the repetitive movement or activity causing the RSI

  • Corticosteroid injections

  • Splints

  • Ice or heat packs

  • Rest


To optimise your recovery process, your doctor will create a personalised treatment plan for you. This is why providing your doctor with as much information as possible is essential. To learn more about how Repetitive Stress Injury can be managed, please look into the various treatment options available.


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