You’ve found you have shoulder pain, neck pain, you have elbow pain, arm pain, your thumb and forefinger has gone numb, etc…there are so many potential problems! What do you do next? The first stop is to see a Doctor before any specific treatment such as Physiotherapy, other than pain relief of course.
Do you need Physiotherapy?
Once diagnosed however, the next stop should probably be to visit your local Physiotherapist. For RSI conditions this is usually the quickest route to relief and getting your mobility back. Most RSI conditions if not wholly muscular, usually have substantial muscular overuse or tightening. As long as your Doctor agrees, you should find a local Physiotherapist and get some physio treatment.
Conditions usually appropriate for Physiotherapy
- Tendonitis / Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Tennis Elbow
- Golfers Elbow
- Rotator Cuff Syndrome
- Frozen Shoulder
- Writers Cramp
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome /
Cervical Osteoarthritis and more…
Find a Local Physiotherapist
Physiotherapists often cover specialist areas so it is well worth checking that they cover RSI as a specialism.
RSI is also known as WRULD (Work Related Upper Limb Disorder) and occupational health professionals often favour that term instead of the more generally known RSI.
What to expect in the Physio Room
Your local Physiotherapist will take time to understand your condition and usually provide a combination of their physiotherapy with exercises that you should do at home or work.
The Physiotherapist is likely to have ultrasound facilities and your Physiotherapist might also provide other treatments such as Acupuncture.
Why your Physiotherapist might use Ultrasound
Ultrasound breaks up scar tissue and adhesions, reduces inflammation, swelling, calcium deposits and creates a deep heat to a localized area which eases muscle spasms. Adhesions, inflammation, calcium deposits and muscle spasms are frequently the issues faced by the RSI sufferer.
Ultrasound works up to 2 inches deep which is far further than hot packs can achieve. This activity encourages healing by increasing blood flow.
Why your Physiotherapist might use Acupuncture
Acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese medicine which believed that the body takes care of itself when negative (Ying) and positive (Yang) forces are in balance. Acupuncture, applying fine needles in the outer layer of the skin, stimulates the flow of energy (called Qi and pronounced Chee) along channels within the body (called meridians).
It is known that it triggers endorphins and some of the bodies natural chemicals that promote relaxation and sleep. Long term muscle pain caused by RSI involves placing the needle into the affected muscle area to create specific relaxation. Laser acupuncture may also be used where a laser is used instead of needles.