Repetitive Strain Injury or RSI as it is more commonly known. Mike Squirrell Physiotherapy Harley Street W1 are here to help diagnose and treat your hand pain/injuries.
Repetitive strain injury (RSI), also known as Cumulative Trauma Disorder (CTD), occupational overuse syndrome, or work related upper limb disorder (WRULD), is the most recent manifestation of illness concepts that link use of the arm to injury or disease. Prior to typewriters or computers there was the concept of "writer's cramp".
The basis for this illness concept is the idea that one can overuse a tool, such as a computer keyboard or musical instrument in a way that causes tissue damage leading to pain. Conditions such as RSI tend to be associated with both physical and psychosocial stressors.
The following complaints are typical in patients that might receive a diagnosis of RSI
- Pain in the arm (typically diffuse--i.e. spread over many areas).
- The pain is worse with activity.
- Weakness, lack of endurance.
- Muscles in the arms and shoulders feel hard and wiry when palpated.
The symptoms tend to be diffuse and non-anatomical, crossing the distribution of nerves, tendons, etc. They tend not to be characteristic of any discrete pathological conditions. Return to RSI
Courtesy of Wikipedia/RSI