Treatment For RSI

Treating RSI symptoms can be very difficult. There isn’t one obvious treatment for RSI although some specific RSI conditions, e.g. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, do have recognised medical solutions.

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Medical RSI Treatment

The standard medical treatment for RSI is:

  • Painkillers
  • Anti-Inflammatory drugs
  • Steroid injections
  • Surgery (e.g. for trapped Carpal Tunnel nerves)
  • Sedatives to aid sleeping

A combination of the above treatments, possibly coupled with resting the affected area may alleviate your RSI symptoms but treatment is much more likely to be successful if you examine the working conditions or leisure activities that triggered the RSI symptoms in the first place

But as with most medicines, the use of drugs to treat RSI can be counterproductive. e.g. painkillers can mask long term damage you may be doing and some sedatives can be addictive

Physiotherapy RSI Treatment

Your doctor may refer you to a physio who will give you exercises to loosen your joints and strengthen your muscles in the affected area.

Self Help / Ergonomics / Lifestyle Changes

Identifying the cause of your RSI symptoms and altering your behaviour can be the biggest factor in overcoming RSI. Things that may help are:

  • Spend less time doing the RSI-causing activity
  • Alternate activities so you don’t spend too long doing the same thing
  • Learn to touch type
  • Correct any posture issues you may have
  • Exercise (e.g. swimming, yoga etc)
  • Join a support group
  • Perform Exercises and Stretches to help your RSI

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