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Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI)

A Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is basically an overstraining of an injury. Also described by Occupational Overuse Syndrome (OOC), an RSI is the aggravation of an injury. Repetitive strain on and movement of an injured area causes inflammation as well as damage to the soft tissues in the injured area.

Localised injuries such as carpal tunnel, trigger finger, golfer’s and tennis elbow are included in RSI. If left unattended, a minor RSI may turn into a nasty chronic injury, thus calling for immediate attention to the condition at an early stage, in order to prevent the occurrence of aggravated problems in the future.

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) refers to an overuse injury. Occupational Overuse Syndrome (OOS) is also used to describe RSI. Repeated use of the same movements causes inflammation and damage to the soft tissues. Repetitive Strain Injury potentially hurts your muscles, tendons, nerves and joints through repeated micro trauma. RSI has been attributed to a forearm and upper limb pain. Localised injuries such as carpal tunnel, trigger finger, golfer’s and tennis elbow are included in RSI.

Symptoms of RSI

These include the following:

  • Tremors in the injured area
  • Chronically cold hands
  • Weakness in the hands or forearm
  • Fatigue or lack of strength
  • Difficulty in performing normal activities like turning on a tap, chopping vegetables, opening doors etc.


Symptoms generally manifest after you stop the activity and may take anything from a few hours to a few days to settle.



Physiotherapy is considered to be the most effective method of getting rid of the condition of RSI.

How does Apollo Clinic help?

At Apollo Clinic, we have a huge team of highly trained and expert physiotherapists that are at your service each hour, of each day. Our team of physiotherapists uses a huge number of tried and tested techniques in order to help treat your condition./p>

These include the following techniques:

  • Myofascial release
    • It focuses on the reduction of pain by easing the tension in the trigger points
    • Generally included as a part of a massage therapy session
    • Used over a larger area of muscle rather than a single point

  • Joint mobilisation
    • Back and forth oscillatory movements are performed on the joints in order to restore motion
    • Small, involuntary movements are induced into the joints so as to assist in faster recovery

  • Electrotherapy
    • High-frequency, non-thermal sound waves from an ultrasound are used for treatment in this procedure
    • These cause movement and vibrations in the cellular fluids, thus facilitating faster recovery

  • Exercises -Various stretching, motion, flexibility, isometric and progressive exercises are performed in order to strengthen and stretch the joint to restore movement, strength and motion.


We at Apollo Clinic are committed to providing the best and most effective facilities to all our patrons, at all times. Equipped with the most advanced instruments and infrastructure, we promise you a quick and effective recovery for all your joint problems.


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