Repetitive Strain Injury

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

You may recognise specific conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, tennis elbow, De Quervain's Syndrome, etc. However there is often no clear-cut diagnosis but a range of symptoms exist. The symptoms of RSI include aches, pain, swelling, numbness, tingling, weakness and cramps. RSI is caused by a combination of overuse and repetition, awkward or static posture and insufficient recovery time.

It is important to note that causes include both occupation and leisure / sporting pursuits. Stress is often a factor. RSI is preventable and treatable. It is vital not to ignore the early warning signs i.e. think what you would do if the engine warning light came on. If you have any of the symptoms of RSI take action on prevention and treatment.