What is it?

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) refers to muscles, tendons or nerves damage, which is caused by repetitive motions and constant use. These injuries usually affect various body parts, including: wrists, fingers, arms, shoulders, and knees. RSI is most common among people engaging in physically demanding jobs, such as: musicians, athletes, or people who use a computer often.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Repetitive stress injuries

Signs & symptoms

Symptoms of RSI usually include:
- Swelling
- Pain
- Numbness
- Weakness
- Stiffness


The diagnosis process of RSI usually starts with you healthcare provider performing a physical exam. They may ask you about your symptoms and medical history. Based on your symptoms and physical examination, your may be referred to imaging scans, which may include: X-ray, Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), Computed tomography (CT), and Ultrasound.


Repetitive strain injuries treatment is based on what is causing them and severity of the symptoms. In less severe cases, the treatment is performed under a principle called R.I.C.E. which means:
- Rest - avoid the activity that caused your injury.
- Ice - apply cold compresses to your injury
- Compression - wrap your injury with an elastic bandage.
- Elevation - keep the injured limb above the level of your heart
In addition, over-the-counter medicine such as aspirin and ibuprofen can reduce the pain and inflammation caused by the injury.
In more severe cases, your healthcare provider may refer you to a physical therapy treatment and even surgery to help repair the damaged part.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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