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We share important information about work-related upper limb disorders and repetitive strain injuries.
Sometimes the term repetitive strain injury or RSI is also used to describe a similar set of symptoms.
Prior to a diagnosis being given for Work-related upper limb disorders, you may have undergone tests including MRI scans and nerve conduction studies. Once these tests have eliminated any other diagnoses our physiotherapists will take a thorough history and perform a physical examination to establish the underlying cause for the problem.
Work-related upper limb injuries may develop due to a combination of reasons including:
Once this diagnosis is made it is important to start active treatment as soon as possible as long periods of physical inactivity and rest following the diagnosis has been found to prolong symptoms.
Regular breaks may be encouraged to offload the painful muscles or nerve tissue further. Exercises may be prescribed to do at these times as evidence has demonstrated that small amounts of dynamic upper limb and cardiovascular activity can promote blood flow to the lower arms and reduce symptoms.
More specific exercises may include stretches to the chest, mobility exercises to the nerve tissues in the upper limb as well as strengthening exercises to promote more appropriate spinal and shoulder postures.
However, if there are significant changes which need to be made to ergonomics, once these changes are put in to place symptoms may reduce much more rapidly.