What is repetitive strain injury?
Repetitive strain injury, or RSI, relates to the overuse or over-activity of muscles and tendons in the body, particularly the hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, back and neck. There are two types of RSI. Type 1 RSI is diagnosable from the symptoms listed below; however, Type 2 RSI is not recognisable from the symptoms and is often referred to as non-specific pain syndrome.
Symptoms of repetitive strain injury
- Pain or tenderness in muscles or joints
- Tingling or numbness
What causes RSI?
Although the exact cause is not known, certain things are thought to increase the risk of RSI, including:
- Doing a repetitive activity, over a long period, without rest
- Activities that involves force, such as heavy lifting
- Poor posture
- Working in an awkward position
How to treat RSI
The most important step of treating RSI is identifying and omittingthe cause. Symptoms can be relieved with:
- Ice therapy/cooling, such as Physicool
- Steroid injections
Physicool’s cooling bandage are commonly used by RSI suffers to treat pain and swelling. Apply a Physicool bandage for thirty minutes to one hour, whenever needed. Physicool is a clinically proven cooling bandage which cools by drawing heat away from the injury through rapid evaporation. Whilst the deep tissue is being cooled, compression reduces inflammation which helps promote healing.