How to treat an RSI

Many of our patients work long hours in front of a computer screen. Such work increases their risk of sustaining computer-related repetitive strain injuries (RSI). If identified early enough, physiotherapy can help manage or treat the injury. We can conduct an ergonomic assessment and provide you with posture and body mechanics education to limit the chances of recurring RSI.

But what happens if you don’t treat an RSI? The injury won’t get better on its own unless you do something about it. Make no changes to your work habits, and you run the risk of becoming so injured that it is difficult to perform everyday activities such as cooking, carrying groceries, picking up a baby or gardening. In some cases, people are never able to return to their full capacity.

Why does this occur? Overuse can cause muscle fibres to tear. Continued repetitive use can cause the fibres to fatigue to a point where they cannot recover.

What to do when you have an RSI

Make sure you get adequate rest, vary your tasks, take regular breaks, do strengthening and stretching exercises and change the way you move or sit. Your GP may even refer you to try alternative treatments such as acupuncture, osteopathic or myofascial release. Treatment will depend on the type of injury you have sustained.

RSI occurs when you engage in repetitive movements that exceed your body’s limit. That’s why the best way to recover is to strengthen your body’s tissues. Our Sports Focus physiotherapists can take you through the best RSI exercises for recovery. However, you’ll need to let your muscle rest and repair itself first, until the pain settles down, before you start building the muscle.

RSI problems can stick around for a long period of time. When you get RSI physiotherapy, we’ll assess your individual situation and find the best treatment plan to get you back to what you love doing.

Don’t wait to get RSI treatment. Book an appointment at Sports Focus Physiotherapy early to ensure the best possible results!