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What is RSI?

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. It is an umbrella term and is also known as Work Related Upper Limb Disorder (WRULD).
There are two types of RSI:-
  • Specific Named Conditions - these include tenosynovitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, tennis elbow, De Quervain's Syndrome, etc.
  • Diffuse RSI - this is where there is no clear-cut diagnosis but a range of symptoms exist. Sometimes it is known as non-specific pain syndrome.
The symptoms of RSI include aches, pain, swelling, numbness, tingling, weakness and cramps. With diffuse RSI there are usually no visible signs.
RSI is caused by a combination of overuse and repetition, awkward or static posture and insufficient recovery time. Stress is often a factor.
RSI is preventable and treatable. It is vital not to ignore the early warning signs.
If you have any of the symptoms of RSI take action on prevention. If symptoms persist seek treatment.