Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) and its associated terms refer to conditions that come with repetitive tasks, forceful physical exertion, or sustained awkward body positions. Conditions under the RSI umbrella include tendonitis, carpal tunnel, golfer’s elbow, trigger finger, and radial tunnel syndrome among others. Most commonly, RSI-related issues present themselves in a patient’s wrists, hands, and arms. While the effects are clear, there are some facts about RSI you should know before you begin treatment.
1. Repetitive Strain Injuries Are Commonly Work-Related
Depending on your benefits package, you may be entitled to insurance coverage to treat work-related repetitive stress injuries. Some employers provide body alignment and ergonomic support through their HR department that can help you correct your body posture while at your desk.
2. There are Two Types of RSI
Type 1 RSI relates to a swelling of muscles or tendons, including: carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and tenosynovitis.
Type 2 RSI corresponds with a feeling of pain without any signs of inflammation or swelling in the affected area. This is also called non-specific pain syndrome.
3. Loss of Sensation or Strength Are Also Signs of Trouble
Overuse injuries sometimes don’t present themselves in a painful fashion. The loss of feeling or strength in extremities is common, but could spell trouble as problems persist, potentially leading to strength issues further up your arms and into your shoulders and neck.
4. Preventing RSI Problems is Easier Than You Think
Taking a few steps every day to prevent RSI problems can be easily incorporated into any busy lifestyle. Simply adjusting the height of your chair, moving the angle of your keyboard to prevent wrist discomfort, and ensuring that your posture is healthy can go a long way to preventing future problems. Be sure to take periodic breaks throughout the day to walk around and stretch your muscles or issues may persist.
5. Various Treatments Are Available
While diagnosing RSI is difficult, a Functional Movement System test can detect weaknesses and limitations in a patient’s body. When linked to a specific task (such as typing), a physician can connect the dots and help prescribe treatments to reduce the existing pain levels. Active Release Technique (ART), Graston Therapy, and deep tissue massage therapy can help break down scar tissue that may have developed as a result of a RSI.
If you suffer from the symptoms of a Repetitive Strain Injury or need guidance recovering from an athletic injury, Velo Sports Rehab can help. We treat patients at every level of physical wellness and help them lead more comfortable, healthy lives. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or give us a call at 425-590-9208.
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