REPETITIVE STRAIN INJURIES (RSI)

The term RSI or CTD is more common in recent days because of increased high level stressful jobs without proper ergonomic support and rest due to unhealthy competitions in all job sectors.

The RSI it self is not a disease, it is number of conditions resulting from frequent use with excessive stress on the body part in static or awkward posture without rest resulting in soft tissue injuries, trigger point formation on muscles followed by inflammatory response and pain. RSI can affect any where in the body depends on the profession and usage of body part.

Professions more prone to get RSI are:

  • Computer professionals
  • Doctors like Dentist, Surgeons etc.
  • Musicians
  • Writers and artists
  • Drivers
  • Manual labors
  • Students

Repetitive injuries includes

Though RSI is common with upper limb it can affect any part of the body and result in following symptoms:

Head and Eye

  • Chronic head ache
  • Eyes strain
  • Burning sensation of eye

Neck

  • Neck muscle spasm
  • Disc herniation & joint dysfunction
  • Trapezitis

Upper limb

  • Shoulder pain
  • Supraspintaus tendinitis
  • Radiating pain due to trigger point formation
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Epicondylitis
  • Ganglion (small cyst over muscle tendon)
  • Carpal-tunnel syndrome
  • DeQuervains syndrome
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome

Back

  • Thoracic pain
  • Back pain
  • Back muscle spasm
  • Disc herniation
  • Coccyx pain

Lower limb

  • Patello femoral arthritis
  • Radiating leg pain
  • Varicose veins

Generalized Symptoms due to RSI

  • Wide spread burning ,shooting pain
  • Radiating pain
  • Fatigue or Loss of endurance
  • Heaviness and feel like do frequent massage
  • Numbness and tingling sensation
  • Stiffness of body part

Untreated RSI can lead to health problems like:

Arthritis: changes of function of soft tissues will have direct effect on the joints and its alignment

Disc herniation either in neck or back: stressed, spasmodic and trigger point in muscles alter the normal curvature of spine and compresses the vertebras together. This increases the pressure on the disc and may lead to disc herniation or rupture.

Neurological deficit: is due to arthritic changes, pressure from prolapsed disc or compression due to tight trigger points and spasmodic muscles along the nerve courses

Fibromyalgia: chronic ache on stressful muscles as trigger points as wide formation

Chronic headache: untreated pain and spasm lead to formation of trigger point of facial muscles and dysfunction of temporo-mandibular joint result in chronic head ache.

Side effects of medicines: long term consumption of pain killers and muscles relaxant or treatment with cortisone injection has serious side effect of your body system causing stiffness of muscles.

Psycho Social problems due to ache and pains
  • Affect your efficiency
  • Anger and short tempered behavior
  • Depression and suicide tendency
  • Lack of sexual urge

PFT treatment for RSI

In conventional treatment method, the treatment mainly concentrates to reduce and mask your pain and inflammation with dugs like pain killers, muscle relaxant and cortisone injection etc. the treatment only concentrate to the affected area and moreover a symptom based treatment.

But in RSI, injuries may be in a particular area and the referred pain will be in a different part. Unless and until, we find out the whole problem and treat them together, the pain will not be relieved. Trigger points from one area aggravates referred pain in other area in all RSI conditions. Thus misleading diagnosis are very common with RSI conditions. The characteristics of pain and symptoms of RSI may be similar to other problems like spondylitis, disc prolapse or nerve entrapments for which you might be advice to have surgery even.

PFT has developed a holistic approach, drug free treatment which has proven very effective for RSI problems. PFT treatment method looks at the problem site a s a whole by which we try to cover both the injury area along with the trigger point and also the referred pain areas.

Our trigger point management and special massage in different stretched positions have a great role to play in ailing the pain. Trigger point management helps to find out all the injured muscles and release the knot formed in the muscle. The massage helps to resolve the strain and stress formed over the muscle and the positional massage helps to loosen up tightened muscles and regain the normal length of the muscles. This followed by ergonomic training and exercise prevents further recurrence.

Advantages of PFT treatment for RSI
Treatment focused on root causes of the problem and source of the pain
Speedier pain reduction and recovery
No dugs for treatment
No electromagnetic waves for treatment
Releases stress points and triggering points from the muscles
Absolutely no side effect
No diet restrictions
No activity restriction
Chances of pain recurrence is very low if you follow the instructions and perform the exercises after recovery by PFT
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