RSI - a range of disorders that can affect us all
RSI is becoming the most common ailment plaguing the population at this time. The most common areas affected are the hands, wrist, elbow, knee, shoulder and neck. People who have computer or desk jobs, chefs, carpenters, mechanics, waitresses, baristas and anyone who performs a repetitive task are the most likely candidates.
RSI is known as repetitive strain injury. This is a generic term for a whole range of disorders. They can be classified into specific pathological conditions (TYPE 1) and non specific pain syndromes (TYPE 2).
TYPE 1: Specific Pathological Conditions
TYPE 2: Non- specific Pain Syndrome
This syndrome causes a diffuse pain in the overused area but is unpredictable in that it can move from one site to another without any provocation. This syndrome may cause tenderness around joints and muscles but may not display any physical signs when a practitioner examines the area, e.e. swelling, heat, tight muscle tissue. For this reason it is very difficult to diagnose and even harder for insurance companies to recognise as a legitimate claim.
Osteopathic treatment can really help with this syndrome. this can be done by appropriately easing joint movement, muscle tension and stretching tissue to allow much better function. This is where a long term return to work strategy can be achieved.
Warning signs of RSI:
Correct Posture when sitting at the Computer:
Advanced signs of RSI:
If anyone is experiencing any of these symptoms, osteopathic consultation should be sought. Once advanced symptoms have occurred, intervention must be performed to avoid long term pain and disability. As with most musculo-skeletal conditions, the sooner it is addressed the better.
Ways to avoid RSI: