Repetitive Strain Injury
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Learn about the causes of Repetitive Strain Injury & find a practitioner in Auckland, Hamilton, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin to help you overcome Repetitive Strain Injury within New Zealand.

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is an occupational overuse syndrome which affects the muscles in the hands, wrist, arm and shoulders. Pain and discomfort is experienced whilst performing a repeated motion.


Causes of repetitive strain injury (RSI) 

Repetitive Strain Injury | The Wellness DirectoryThe exact cause of RSI is not fully known but the condition is related to the overuse of muscles typically in the hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, back and neck through repetitive activity. One of the common factors resulting in RSI is working at a computer whereby the user experiences cramp through repetitive typing.

Awkward posture, poor technique, lack of rest breaks, badly designed equipment and workstations that are poorly designed can trigger the symptoms of RSI. Stress is another contributory factor in repetitive strain injuries.


Symptoms of repetitive strain injury (RSI)

Common symptoms of RSI include:

  • muscle or joint pain
  • tender muscles or joints
  • throbbing muscles or joints
  • pins and needles in the hand or arm
  • numbness in the hand or arm
  • loss of strength in the hand
  • loss of sensation in the hand

Symptoms usually appear during the activity and ease once at rest. If untreated, pain and aching may persist accompanied by swelling in the affected area which may last for many months. In some cases, there is no swelling in the affected muscles or tendons but pain can continue to cause discomfort and affect sleep.


Diagnosis of repetitive strain injury (RSI)
Although there is no conclusive test to identify RSI, it is important to visit your GP early otherwise the condition may be irreversible. The GP will make a diagnosis based on a physical examination of the affected area and questioning you about when symptoms usually develop (this is typically during repetitive tasks). If the GP suspects certain RSI conditions such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome they may refer you for an X-ray although this is rare.

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Health Tech New ZealandOur joints (such as the elbows and knees), are surrounded by a membrane called the Synovial Membrane. This membrane forms a capsule around the ends of two articulating bones and secretes a liquid called the Synovial Fluid - HA (Hyaluronic Acid) being a chief component.

Synovial fluid is a viscous fluid with the consistency of motor oil - providing the lubrication and the elastic shock absorbing properties to the joint, and the transportation of nutrients to the cartilage and the removal of waste from the joint capsule.

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