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Repetitive Strain Injury Physiotherapy
Repetitive Strain Injury, often abbreviated as RSI, is called by
other names such as cumulative trauma disorders (CTD), overuse syndrome
or repetitive stress injury, is really injuries to the physical and
neurological body or body parts by repetitive actions, tasks, or by
repeated exposure to forces that are compressive or vibration in nature.
Common causes of Repetitive Strain Injury
describes the causes of RSI to be primarily be lifestyle or worklife
without ergonomic concerns or care, e.g.
- using a poorly handled knife,
or blunt knife, everyday, over time causes RSI
- or simply by placing the
monitor too much to the right, or to the bottom, causes our necks to
stiffen and muscles to shorten in a particular fashion, inducing
repetitive strain injury, over time.
A list of typical actions or habits that lead to Repetitive Strain Injury
- Reading or doing tasks for extended periods of time while looking down e.g. phones, tablets, books (an example is the famous "forward neck syndrome") etc.
- Sleeping on an inadequate bed/mattress or sitting in a bad armchair and/or in an uncomfortable position.
- Carrying heavy loads.
- Clamping phone between neck and shoulder for a phone conversation
- Watching TV in a prolonged position.
- Sleeping with head to the side, or forwards.
- Prolonged use of the hands, wrists, back, neck on a specific task.
- And much, much more
Symptoms of repetitive strain injury
- Short bursts of severe cramping and/or excruciating pain over a widespread area of the body
- Pain worsens with activities or exercises (which is typical of RSI conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, back pain, neck pain etc)
- Noticeably weakness in limbs
Frequency And Occurrence
Shockingly, about 55-70% of workers
in US and UK suffer from some kind of repetitive strain injury and the most common RSI problems
Physiotherapy Examinations And Tests
examinations includes primarily clinical palpations, and if any
tenderness or weakness are detected on mobility-related tests e.g. pinch
or pinch strength weaknesses, with no other obvious signs of
The patient will present with a healthy body or body part
that has pain.
Physiotherapy and hand therapy Treatment
what we know theoretically and clinically experienced in ourselves and
in our patients, most of the time, most of the RSI that is sustained
will resolve on their own, given that the affected area is sufficiently
rested when the RSI started.
on the other hand, it can escalate in pain experienced in terms of
intensity, frequency and duration painful moments, and I've managed
patients who had their repetitive strain injury for years, some chose to
live with it and come to me periodically for pain relief and mobility
exercises, some opt for surgical interventions.
The most commonly prescribed physiotherapy intervention for repetitive strain injury in our clinics are a clinical mix of
Sometimes we also provide ultrasound to speed up the healing process.
Ergonomics And Workstation Consultancy
computer and workstation is often blamed for the development and
aggravation of repetitive strain injury in workers, especially for the
back and neck, hands and wrist ones, so it makes sense for us to assess and provide ergonomic and environmental
modifications and adjustments of the workstation or work site are often
For this, we modify the layout of the worker in relation to
his or her working environment, and whenever possible, the equipment and
Alternatives to help
- Adaptive RSI prevention software such as speech-to-text, break timers and auto-mouse-click.
- Adaptive hardware such as ergonomical keyboards, tablets, touch screens, roller mouse
- Splinting to provide the rest the body part requires.
- Physiotherapy or hand therapy for pain relief, exercise therapy
- Office exercises to keep active and fit
- Activity modification to minimize damage caused as opposed to non-work at all
- Stress Management relaxation techniques
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Phoenix Rehab Group works with specialist
physiotherapists and rehab therapists who are highly
trained, qualified, experienced and passionate to provide high level of
expert care to our patients.
PHYSIOTHERAPY & PHYSICAL THERAPY
HAND THERAPY & SPLINTING
Patients who sustained injuries to their elbows, forearms, hands, wrists
(sprains and fractures) and fingers, and requires Hand Therapy to increase the function of their hand
following injuries or post-operations as well as custom made hand splints.
Commonly treated hand pain injuries includes
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Clinical Pilates is a form of physical exercise that focuses on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility and breathing.
It is a system of safe and effective exercises, which
meet specific individual needs, to treat a wide range of injuries
You may do Pilates as matwork or with the reformer or both, and every session will be customized 100% to your fitness, injury and tolerance.
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM)
DEEP TISSUE RELEASE & SPORTS MASSAGE THERAPY
Sports and deep tissue release massage helps to increase nutrient-rich blood
flow to tired, tight and tense muscles to
- accelerate recovery and
- shorten downtime / recovery period required
It also prevents
muscles from scar tissue micro-tears (and potential ruptures), and increases muscle
Done regularly, it will keeps your muscles healthy and fit with body/movement-confidence. Read the benefits of regular deep tissue release therapy here.
All our allied health therapists and TCM physicians are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCMB).
See our entire team here with introductions and their specializations.
At the first session, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough
assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to
help you recover as well as provide treatment in the same session.
Follow up sessions are inline to provide
expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific
exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term
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