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Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a blanket term used to describe more than 20 disorders of the musculoskeletal system. The term RSI stands for a group of pathological conditions that impair the normal function of soft tissue of the musculoskeletal system which involve the nerves, tendons, muscles, and supporting structures.

RSI also called as:

  • Upper Limb Disorders (ULD)
  • Workrelated Musculoskeletal Disorder’s (WRMSD)
  • Occupational Over Use Syndrome
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders


A basic hypothesis exists that RSI are caused, aggravated or precipitated through a worker’s need to exert undesirable force, use uncomfortable hand grips, or adopt static awkward postures in the workplace, coupled with continuous repetitive work and insufficient rest or recovery.

Recently RSI affecting the upper limb have received considerable attention, following financial claims for damages from employees considered having developed work related upper limb disorder.


The symptoms of repetitive strain injury (RSI) vary, but can include:

  • pains or tenderness in your muscles or joints,
  • a throbbing sensation in the affected area,
  • tingling (pins and needles) or numbness in your hand or arm, and
  • loss of strength or sensation in your hand.

Initially these symptoms may only occur when you are carrying out the repetitive motion, for example during working hours. Towards the end of the day your symptoms may improve when you have finished work and are resting. This initial stage of symptoms may last for several weeks.

If left untreated, the symptoms are likely to persist, causing pain or aching much of the time. You may also have tender swelling in the affected area, which can last for several months.

Pain could also be experienced all the time, affecting your sleep. At this stage the condition may be irreversible. Therefore, recognising the early symptoms of RSI is important to ensure that any treatment is most effective

Common Conditions in RSI:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Throcic Outlet syndrome
  • Wrist Tendinitis
  • Tendinosis
  • Myofascial pain Syndrome

Our Treatment approach

  • Neuromuscular therapy (NMT)
  • Myofascial release
  • Myotherapy
  • Neural mobilization
  • Stretches
  • Wax therapy
  • Taping Techniques (if required)
  • Yoga
  • Progressive relaxation methods

We provide education to help prevent RSI and provide treatment to help relieve symptoms that have already developed.

A key component to an effective treatment plan is to identify and then alter or eliminate the situations that contributed to the onset of RSI.

Our staffs will advise you on modifications to your work environment as well as assist you in improving work habits and postures. Specific strengthening and stretching exercises, combined with aerobic conditioning, may be part of the prescription to prevent recurrence of RSI.

Our success rate in RSI management is more than 75% and our patient group’s are from all over the world.

If you want check your severity of the problem please fill the below forms and send to us. We will sent your severity report and treatment or preventive tips.

Neck Pain: Neck Disability Index Questionaire

Arm, Shoulder and Hand Pain: DASH questionaire

If you need more information on RSI,Our treatment approaches and our success stories please contact us on rsihelp@enliven.in