What is RSI?Repetitive strain injury can be a very painful and uncomfortable condition. It’s common in people whose jobs require repetitive movements, such as typing on a keyboard or operating certain machinery. It could be a sign that your musculoskeletal or nervous system injury, caused by poor posture, staying in an uncomfortable position or compression.
The most common RSI is caused by computers and – alarmingly – children are presenting with RSI at a young age.
What Are Some Common Repetitive Strain Injuries?While repetitive strain injuries encompass a broad array of conditions, some common ones include:
- Carpel tunnel syndrome (CTS): if the nerve in your wrist is constricted, circulation slows. This can make your hand feel numb or sore. Surgery may be required to fix the condition.
- Bursitis: between your bones, muscles, joints and tendons are bursa. These sacs are full of luid and – if they are inflamed – you may feel pain.
- Diffuse: do you feel pain in your limbs but the doctor can’t find physical evidence of the strain? If so, you could have diffuse RSI.
- Dupuytren’s contracture: if one or more of your fingers are bent into your palm, it could be a sign of this uncomfortable RSI.
- Rotator cuff syndrome: is your shoulder sore? It could be that the muscles and tendons are inflamed – a sign of rotator cuff syndrome.