Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI)
Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) refers to many different diagnoses of the neck/shoulder, arm, and wrist/hand area usually associated with work-related ergonomic stressors. Other terms used for Repetitive Strain Injuries are overuse syndrome, musculoskeletal disorders, and cumulative trauma disorders. Some of the more common conditions under these headings include:
Myofascial Pain Syndrome
Examination of our patient population with RSI associated with keyboard/mouse use showed that the most common problem was myofascial pain syndrome involving the forearm extensors and the shoulder /neck muscles. This is pain in overused muscles that produces active trigger points and shortened muscles. The trigger point may produce referred pain. For instance, a trigger point below the elbow may refer to the back of the hand. Also there will be increased tension in the muscle so it will be shortened that can be seen visually. The involved muscles may be weak and difficult to stretch fully.
Treatment of Repetitive Strain Injuries
Treatment of myofascial pain syndrome basically involves stopping the trigger from being active so that the muscle can return to its normal length. Therefore the trigger point can be released with pressure or therapy and then stretching can help to bring the muscle back to its original length. For each of our patients COEN develops a comprehensive treatment program. Our services include evaluation, testing, muti-discipline therapies, pain management, Kinesio taping, lifestyle and workplace changes, training or a combination of each.
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