A repetitive strain injury (RSI), sometimes referred to as repetitive stress injury, is a gradual buildup of damage to muscles, tendons, and nerves from repetitive motions. RSIs are common and may be caused by many different types of activities, including:
Some common RSIs are:
RSI can occur when you do repetitive movements. Those movements can cause your muscles and tendons to become damaged over time. Some activities that can increase your risk for RSI are:
Previous injuries or conditions, such as a rotator cuff tear or an injury to your wrist, back, or shoulder, can also predispose you to RSI.
The initial treatment for RSI symptoms is conservative. This may include:
Your doctor and physical therapist can also suggest adjustments to your work station, such as readjusting your chair and desk if you work at a computer, or modifications to your movements and equipment to minimize muscle strain and stress.