What is RSI?
Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a general term used to describe the pain felt in muscles, nerves and tendons caused by repetitive movement and overuse.
It’s also known as work-related upper limb disorder, or non-specific upper limb pain.
The condition mostly affects parts of the upper body, such as the:
- forearms and elbows
- wrists and hands
- neck and shoulders
We will focus on the wrist on this post.
Symptoms of RSI
The symptoms of RSI can range from mild to severe and usually develop gradually. They often include:
- pain, aching or tenderness
- tingling or numbness
At first, you might only notice symptoms when you’re carrying out a particular repetitive action.
But without treatment, the symptoms of RSI may eventually become constant and cause longer periods of pain. You may also get swelling in the affected area, which can last for several
What causes RSI?
RSI is related to the overuse of muscles and tendons in the upper body.
Certain things are thought to increase the risk of RSI, including:
- repetitive activities
- doing a high-intensity activity for a long time without rest
- poor posture or activities that involve working in an awkward position
Cold temperatures and vibrating equipment are also thought to increase the risk of getting RSI and can make the symptoms worse. Stress can also be a contributing factor.
If you feel you have RSI, book in for an initial consultation by calling us at Rainham physiotherapy centre on 01634 377 638.