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What is a Repetitive Strain Injury and Why is Everyone Talking About It?

Updated: Mar 2, 2023

Athletes, musicians and data entry clerks know them well. Repetitive strain injuries (RSI). Basically, a repetitive strain injury is the general term used to describe pain felt in muscles, nerves and tendons caused by repetitive movement and overuse. Think of the baseball pitcher practicing their fast ball or imagine office workers keyboarding, especially when workstations are not ergonomically designed.

Unfortunately repetitive strain injuries are a leading cause of work related injuries. Common symptoms include stiffness, tingling, numbness, pain ranging from mild to severe, throbbing, weakness and occasionally sensitivity to cold or heat. Often symptoms begin gradually and may become constant and intensify over time.

On the bright side, physiotherapy is a helpful solution for reducing the symptoms of RSI by strengthening muscles and joints, retraining posture, improving range of motion and preventing further injury.

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During your assessment session, your physiotherapist will examine which areas of your body are affected and develop a personalized treatment plan to address your discomfort. Additionally, we will explore different techniques aimed at reducing the chances that you may experience further injury or other RSI symptoms. Our goal is to help you achieve and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.


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