What is Repetitive Strain Injury?

Repetitive Strain Injury RSI is a condition that can affect muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and nerves usually due to excessive or prolonged exposure to forceful or repetitive movements such as typing or gripping a mouse.

The cumulative effects of repetitive motions can, over time, result in injury of these tissues. RSI causes micro-damage and impedes the blood flow needed for healing .

Awkward and static positions such as slouching in a chair, elevating the shoulders, resting arms on the desk edge or planting wrists on the desk can also result in RSI.

Symptoms may include:

  • Pain
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Stiffness or cramping
  • Loss of strength (inability to hold objects)

Symptoms can come and go and are often alleviated by making changes to your office equipment set-up and changing habits. If, however, symptoms increase in frequency and/or duration, they can be a sign of a more serious condition.

It is important to seek medical advice early as most symptoms are easier to treat in the early stages.
Physiotherapists at our sister company, Physio at Work Ltd are experienced in assessing and treating these conditions.