Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a painful condition that is caused by repeatedly using a certain part of the body, and as a result, damaging and causing injury to muscles, tendons, nerves and other soft tissue.
RSI frequently occurs in the upper limb area, such as the hands, wrist, elbow and forearm. It can also affect the neck, too. The level of pain experienced can also vary from person to person, ranging from intermittent discomfort to continuous aching and soreness.
We've already noted that RSI is caused by repeatedly using a certain part of the body, and as a result, damaging and causing injury to muscles, tendons, nerves and other soft tissue. Yet, what are some of these "repeated uses"?
For starters, as you may have already guessed from the "R" in the acronym, RSI can be caused by actions that require repetitive movements over time, such as playing golf or tennis, or using a specific machine work.
However, there's also a growing incidence of "sedentary computer use" related to RSI. Those afflicted by this type of injury aren't trying to hit a cross-court winner, or make it on the putting green in two shots. Rather, they're sitting in front of a computer – usually for many hours a day – typing away on a keyboard, and staring at a screen.
While proper medical attention and an appropriate Rehab Program (discussed further) are typically required to deal with RSI, there are some key things that you can do right now to reduce your risk and diminish – or possibly even eliminate – your pain. Here are some tips:
Did you know that Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) could help diminish and ultimately eliminate RSI-related pain? It's true! TCM views RSI as the result of disrupted flow between the "Qi" (or "life force") and blood. As such, acupuncture points can be stimulated to remove the blockage and enable the flow to an affected area.
While each patient's results will vary, many report a reduction in swelling, inflammation and pain after just one acupuncture session!
In addition to the lifestyle changes (discussed above), many people will also require a Rehab Program to strengthen their injured area(s), and return to optimal function. While a Rehab Program must be customized for each individual's needs and goals, each should have the following 4 components:
At the Advanced Therapeutic Centre, we're more than just a "group of doctors." We're compassionate and caring specialists who are experienced in Acute and Chronic Pain.
Management, and are dedicated to helping patients enjoy the pain-free life they want and deserve as quickly as possible!
We'll work with you to identify the root causes of your injury and pain, help you make little lifestyle changes that lead to big improvements, and create your custom Rehab Program that makes RSI – and pain – a thing of the past.
To learn more or book your 30 minute consultation, call us at (416) 361-9900 during our Centre hours (Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM).