RSI treatments what you can try to help relieve the pain of Repetitive Strain Injury

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If RSI symptoms have already appeared, there are various further methods of treatment that can be applied in addition to the above preventative techniques.

The sufferer should gather as much information as possible on their disorder. RSI healing generally cannot be achieved solely by medical professionals and requires active participation by the patient over a period of several months. The more the patient understands, the more likely it is that treatment will be effective.

Consider reading books as well as asking several experts for advice. Occupational therapists, physical therapists, physiatrists, surgeons, and alternative medicine practitioners may all be involved in the diagnosis and treatment plan.

It is likely the partial or complete cessation of hand activity might be necessary for some period of time in order for healing to begin. Adaptive technology ranging from special keyboards and mouse replacements to speech recognition software might be necessary.

The medical professional may prescribe orthopedic hand braces, but the patient should not self-prescribe, or further injury might result.

Medications: The medical professional might prescribe Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen to reduce swelling, or anti-convulsant medications such as gabapentin to reduce neuropathic pain.

Soft Tissue Therapy works by decompressing the area around the repetitive stress injury thus enhancing circulation and promoting healing.
Biofeedback can be used to reduce stress-related muscle tension in the muscles of the neck and shoulders.

Massage treatment (for acute pain and nerve trigger points). This is best administered by a trained therapist but self-massage is also sometimes helpful.


Stretches (for less acute pain and general maintenance). Many doctors will prescribe occupational therapy or physical therapy to rebuild strength and flexibility. Some sufferers find great relief in specific movement therapies such as T'ai Chi Ch'üan, yoga, or the Alexander Technique.

Strengthening exercises (to improve posture and reduce fatigue in the long term). These should be prescribed by a medical professional, as overuse of the strained muscles and tendons can worsen symptoms.

Surgery. This should only be used as a last resort; it is not always effective, and the above methods have been known to heal even some very serious RSI conditions provided they are properly applied.


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