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Repetitive Strain Injury


Repetitive Strain Injury

Repetative Strain Injuries (RSI’s) are injuries that happen when too much stress is placed on a part of the body. These Injuries affect the soft tissue and are caused by repeated or maintained use of particular muscles resulting in possible inflammation (pain and swelling), muscle strain, tissue damage and a decline in performance.

Joint or muscle pain can occur particularly affecting the wrist and forearm group. Pain is at first related only to certain movements but may increase in and severity to become continuous.

Some Examples are:-

  • Tenosynovitis – inflammation of one of the tendons
  • Epicondylitis – a mild inflammation of the epicondyle in the elbow ie Tennis Elbow
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – compression of the median nerve on the underside of the wrist
  • Such conditions arise particularly at work (see work related injuries) however also can occur due to sports (see sports Injuries) and other leisure activities. A more unusual cause of RSI is bicipital tendinitis (inflammation of the biceps tendon) caused after a weekend playing on slot machines.


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