Repetitive Strain Injury RSI symptoms can vary widely and affect many parts of the body including the fingers, wrists, elbow shoulders and neck. Typically RSI is a progressive condition which can be divided into three broad stages of symptoms. Please note that not everybody follows this path and that RSI progression and symptoms can be different in individual cases.
It is essential that you do not try to diagnose yourself using the RSI symptoms detailed below. ALWAYS consult a health professional.
Stage 1 RSI Symptoms
Early symptoms of RSI can include any or all of the following:
- These can affect the wrists, arms, shoulders, neck or legs during work
These symptoms improve overnight or when the problem activity is deceased.
Note that this stage may last weeks or months, but is generally reversible. Prompt action is required however as RSI can quickly progress to Stages 2 or 3 which can be much more serious and harder to treat
Stage 2 RSI Symptoms
Intermediate symptoms of RSI can include any or all of the following:
- Physical signs such as swelling or redness
- These can affect the wrists, arms, shoulders, neck or legs during and after work
These symptoms are similar to Stage 1 Symptoms but are more severe and generally occur earlier in the working day. They can also linger into the night causing lack of sleep.
Note that this stage may several months, but is again generally reversible. Prompt action is required however as RSI can quickly progress to Stage 3 which can be much more serious and harder to treat and have a long lasting impact on your life.
Stage 3 RSI Symptoms
Symptoms of pain, aching, weakness and fatigue are experienced even when person is resting completely. Sleep is often disturbed and the sufferer may be unable to carry out even light tasks at home or work. This stage may last for months or years. Sometimes it is irreversible and the person never gets back full use of the affected part of their body.
This stage of RSI is hard to treat and emphasises the importance of catching the condition early and doing something about it.
Please remember that most people with RSI don’t get to this level of symptoms. It is usually caught and treated early enough to avoid the long-term issues that this page mentions.
You can Beat RSI but you need to do something about it NOW! Go and see a health professional immediately.
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