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Kingston & Teddington Osteopathy – February 2024

February 2024 Newsletter

Repetitive Strain Injury

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is very common, especially with keyboard work and repetitive labour.We will use this email to explore RSI and the options for getting it better.

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What is Repetitive Strain Injury?


RSI is defined as pain caused by repeated movement of part of the body.  It most commonly occurs in the parts of the body that we use to do our daily tasks:

–    shoulders
–    elbows
–    forearms and wrists
–    hands and fingers

Symptoms of RSI:

–    pain.  This can be a dull, burning ache with occasional sharper pains when using the body.

–    stiffness and weakness.  The joint will feel difficult to move and unable to perform its tasks easily.

–    pins and needles or numbness.  Occasionally, the inflammation can affect the nerves and so sensations of tingling may be present.

–    swelling.  The joints can get inflamed and the surrounding muscles & tissues swollen and hot to touch.


Causes of RSI

Repetitive Activity – not all repetitive or strenuous work causes RSI.  Many people do the same job for years without any pain.  However, RSI can appear at any time following repetitive use of muscles and joints.

Sports – common sports that may cause RSI are tennis or golf as they involve lots of repetitive movements with impact.

Poor Posture – working without a good ergonomic set up can predispose you to get RSI.

Age – as we age, our connective tissues are more prone to RSI.  Women are more likely to get RSI than men.

Physically Demanding Jobs – physical jobs with increased load on joints can predispose to RSI for example, the use of power tools.

Osteopathy for RSI

At Kingston & Teddington Osteopathy we frequently treat patients with RSI.  The pain can present as inflammation of tendons or bursae (which are the shock absorbers for tendon attachments on bone).

We will see these disorders and frequently diagnose Tennis Elbow, Hip Bursitis, Carpal Tunnel syndrome, De Quervain syndrome to name a few.

The first aim of Osteopathy is to help reduce load and strain on joints, tendons and muscles.  Advice to manage the inflammation and promote healing will be given.

Every patient is assessed uniquely and a co-ordinated approach may be necessary that may involve prescription medication and even referral for steroid injections or autologous blood injections.

Your Osteopath will discuss all the options with you and help you back to normal function and recovery.

If you need our help and would like to book an appointment, Please Call:  02089776396

If you have aches and pains, don’t wait, just call the clinic and come in and we will be able to diagnose the problem.

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