Repetitive Strain Injury
By Dr. John A. Papa, DC, FCCPOR(C)
Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a type of disorder that primarily affects muscles, nerves and joints. This includes conditions such as rotator cuff and achilles tendonitis, carpel tunnel syndrome, neck tension syndrome, bursitis, golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow, and plantar fasciitis. Symptoms of RSI may include restricted mobility, weakness, numbness, tingling, burning sensations, swelling, redness, sharp and/or aching pain. In its severest form, RSI can significantly limit physical functioning and render people incapable of carrying out even simple tasks.
While most cases of RSI are treatable, it can recur and may become chronic without appropriate management. Pain in one area of the body may also spread to other areas as the body tries to compensate. For example, pain in the wrist can move to the forearm, shoulder joint and neck muscles as an individual attempts to avoid pain and symptoms while continuing to perform the offending activities. Therefore, prevention is key to managing RSI. This is accomplished through identifying and then altering or eliminating the situations that contribute to the cause of RSI. This may include making changes to a work station, using the correct tools/equipment, taking breaks to relax overworked muscles and joints, and performing exercises to relieve stress and strengthen the affected parts of your body.
If RSI is affecting your ability to get through the day and keeping you away from your favourite activities, consider chiropractic care. A chiropractor will assess your symptoms, diagnose your condition, and recommend a treatment plan to put you on the road to recovery. For more information, visit www.nhwc.ca.
This article is a basic summary for educational purposes only. It is not intended, and should not be considered, as a replacement for consultation, diagnosis or treatment by a duly licensed health practitioner.