Treating RSI's
Treating repetitive strain injuries


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If you have read our page and you believe that you may be suffering with a repetitive strain condition, it is essential that you consult with your doctor at the earliest possible time. A common perception with RSI is that the sooner the condition is diagnosed and treatment is begun, the greater chance of a successful recovery - bearing in mind that if some RSI conditions are left untreated for too long, the symptoms can become irreversible.

Below you will find advice on general repetitive strain injury treatment techniques, which should be used in conjunction with the preventative measures that are detailed at our page.



General RSI treatment techniques
  • Painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Heat and cold packs
  • Orthopedic hand braces
  • Soft Tissue Therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Osteopathy
  • Massage
  • Alexander technique
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Tai Che
  • Acupuncture
  • Surgery

The vast majority of the treatments listed above will be familiar to most of you as they are common treatments across a wide variety of afflictions and detailed explanations can be found on a variety of excellent resources on the Internet or in books.

One technique, which you may not be familiar with, is the "Alexander Technique". The Alexander Technique is named after FM Alexander and is a set of techniques that are aimed towards postural retraining. A lesson in the Alexander Technique will often last no more than an hour and the instructor will provide guidance on how an individual can perform everyday tasks such as sitting down, lifting and turning without putting undue pressure on the body. Essentially the technique will train your body into adopting a good posture, which will hopefully reduce or eradicate the risk of developing a repetitive strain injury. The method has been widely lauded among physicians as an effective treatment for RSI's and medical insurance companies have been known to pay for RSI sufferer’s lessons in the Alexander Technique.

You can find out more about the technique from The Society of Teachers of The Alexander Technique -

The Society of Teachers of The Alexander Technique

Address
The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique
1st Floor, Linton House
39-51 Highgate Road
London
NW5 1RS
UK

Telephone
+44 (0)20 7482 5135

Fax
+44 (0)20 7482 5435

Website
The Society of Teachers of The Alexander Technique

Email
office@stat.org.uk


Ultimately, the treatment of your RSI condition will likely utilise a number of the treatment method listed above and it we cannot stress enough about speaking to a doctor or physiotherapist as soon as symptoms persist as diagnosis can be difficult (certainly for GP's with little experience of RSI conditions). The reason for this difficulty is that you may be suffering from pain in a particular part of your body, but the source causing the pain is located elsewhere. For example, you may have pain in your forearm, but the pain is actually caused and has originated from an unrecognised neck or shoulder problem. Similarly, as repetitive strain injuries are soft tissue injuries, they will not show up on an x-ray. Eventhough diagnosis can be difficult, you should still expect the best treatment possible for your condition. If you believe that the treatment you have received from a medical professional has been lacking you may find the information on the medical negligence claim website of interest.

Due to the difficulty often found with obtaining an RSI diagnosis, you may find yourself visiting a number of physicians and waiting for appointments - for this reason alone it is important to begin seeking treatment as soon as possible because in the meantime if you are not taking preventative measures or beginning a programme of treatment your RSI may well be worsening over time.