Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

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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
  • Stiffness
  • Throbbing
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Weakness
  • Cramp

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
  • Stress

How to treat RSI

The most important step of treating RSI is identifying and omittingthe cause. Symptoms can be relieved with:

  • Painkillers
  • Ice therapy/cooling, such as Physicool
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • 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.