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Everything about Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

RSI has existed for centuries and was noticed as early as the Middle Ages, as shown by the studies of the Italian doctor Ramazinni. However, in modern times, the number of cases of RSI has increased significantly, mainly due to the rise of technology and the increasing use of computers and other electronic devices in our daily lives.

RSI is a collective name for a series of conditions that occur as a result of repetitive strain on muscles, tendons and joints. It can lead to pain, stiffness, weakness and reduced functionality in the affected area. RSI can take several forms, including tennis elbow, mouse elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome and thoracic outlet syndrome.

The number of people suffering from RSI-related complaints is growing steadily and it is increasingly recognized as one of the most common occupational diseases. Repetitive overuse injuries, also known as RSI, include a wide range of complaints that can arise from repetitive movements over a long period of time. This can affect different parts of the body, such as hands, wrists, fingers, shoulders and neck.

Various professions carry risks for developing RSI. In addition to VDU ​​workers, people in professions such as cashiers, hairdressers, chefs, assembly line workers, construction workers and musicians also belong to the risk groups. Factors such as one-sided work, lack of breaks and high workload increase the risk of developing RSI.

The symptoms of RSI can vary but may include numbness, tingling, lack of endurance, tremor, clumsiness, decreased sensation or heaviness, and pain. The pain can take different forms, such as burning, aching, stinging or shocking.

RSI often has a gradual development in different phases. In the initial phase, the complaints are usually only present during work and disappear when one stops working. In an advanced stage, the pain can be present with all movements, both during and after work. In the chronic stage, the complaints can persist for a long time and the patient may even have difficulty performing simple tasks, such as lifting a pen.

The consequences of RSI can be disastrous, having a significant impact on productivity and even leading to complete disability. It is therefore very important to pay attention to preventive measures and taking regular microbreaks to reduce the burden on the body and prevent RSI-related complaints.

If RSI symptoms occur, it is important to take timely action. Rest, heat and cold therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and adapting the workplace can all contribute to recovery. It is also advisable to seek medical advice to obtain a personalized treatment plan that suits your specific situation.

Source: stoprsi.nl
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