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Repeated Strain Injury (RSI), also known as overuse syndrome, is one of the most common ailments for office workers. If one sits, day after day, conducting the same movements repeatedly, they are subject to some day developing an overuse injury.

RSI injuries can affect muscles, tendons, nerves, and joints. They are usually relatively mild, but can cause a great deal of discomfort to those afflicted. Cases of tendinitis and bursitis are usually the result of repeated use activities.

What Repeated Strain Therapy Treats

RSI injuries are caused by repetitive movements, such as typing. They can be caused by equipment not fitting the user as it is supposed to be used. If you are working in surroundings that are not ergonomically correct, such as the wrong kind of chair, you are more likely to develop and RSI injury. Repeated Strain Injury Therapy can help treat:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Trigger finger
  • Plantar Fasciitis

Repeated Injury Therapy Treatments

RSI conditions are treated with anti-inflammatory drugs, cold compresses, stretches, and physical therapy. Future prevention would involve changing things such as the office chair, desk height, or equipment used. When repeated use injuries strike, they develop very slowly. Doing an ergonomic assessment before things can progress to the point of injury would prevent a lot of these injuries.

How RSI Therapy Benefits Your Employees and Organization

RSI injuries usually respond quickly to treatment. Often, simple stretches and NSAID drugs are enough. However, if these do not relieve the discomfort, physical therapy can improve the condition easily. Beyond stretches, either warm or cold compresses can be of some use.

When RSI injuries go untreated, they will get worse. In most cases, the conditions will abate quickly, and the pain will resolve. It is only in extreme circumstances that surgery might be necessary.

Prevention using ergonomic practices in the workplace can save a lot of suffering. However, if symptoms do show up, early response to the first symptoms is the best way to address these types of injuries.

Physical therapy for RSI injuries is a common and effective treatment. Stretches and exercises taught during physical therapy can be carried forward to prevent further injury.

Sometimes it takes suffering through the consequences of the injuries to make changes in the way you do things. Through physiotherapy and ergonomic assessments, Perth Wellness can help get you through your RSI injury and prevent further aggravation of the injury.

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  • Stretching exercises will both ease the discomfort and can become habit that will prevent recurrence.
  • Ergonomic assessment results can lead to a change in the type of equipment used in the workplace.
  • Taking more frequent breaks at work will allow you pause the repetitive motion that is causing the problem.
  • Activity modifications such as how one lifts, or posture while sitting at your desk.