Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is a condition that occurs as a result of repeated movements or overuse of a particular part of the body. Commonly affecting the hands, wrists, elbows, and shoulders, RSI can lead to pain, stiffness, and impaired function in the affected area.

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                How To Help With Your Pain

    • Ergonomic Workspace: Adjust your workspace to reduce strain. Ensure your computer, chair, and desk are at comfortable heights, and use ergonomic accessories like wrist rests and mouse pads to support proper hand and arm positioning.
    • Regular Breaks: Take regular breaks to stretch and change positions, especially if your work involves repetitive tasks. This helps prevent the accumulation of strain on specific muscles or joints.
    • Stretching Exercises: Incorporate stretching exercises for the affected area into your routine. Focus on flexibility exercises to improve range of motion and reduce tension in muscles and tendons.
    • Strengthening Exercises: Strengthen the muscles around the affected area to provide better support. A physical therapist can guide you through exercises that target specific muscle groups involved in your repetitive activities.
    • Appropriate Tools and Techniques: Use tools and techniques that reduce the strain on your body. For example, if typing causes discomfort, consider using ergonomic keyboards or voice recognition software to minimise repetitive hand movements.

 

 

How Lincs Injury Can Help You

  • Early Intervention:
    • Seeking early medical attention allows for prompt intervention to prevent the progression of RSI. This can include modifying work activities, implementing ergonomic changes, and starting appropriate therapies.
  • Professional Guidance:
    • Healthcare professionals, such as physiotherapists or occupational therapists, can provide tailored advice on managing RSI. They may recommend specific exercises, ergonomic adjustments, or other interventions based on your individual needs.
  • Prevent Chronic Conditions:
    • Addressing RSI early can prevent the development of chronic conditions and long-term disability. Timely intervention and lifestyle modifications contribute to a more successful recovery.

Remember, RSI can vary in severity, and individualised care is essential for effective management