Office and Work – Understanding Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSIs)

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RSI is an injury or damage to muscles, tendons, and nerves as a result of repeated activities. Work-related repetitive stress injuries can be caused by a variety of continuous activities.

What Causes RSI?


RSI is caused by overuse as the name suggests. It is a by-product of repeating the same movements for hours on end.

The overused muscles that face the brunt are those that are not strong enough and the postures are faulty. So what exactly are the risk factors?

Some activities that can increase the potential risk of injury are:

  • You remain in the same posture for hours
  • You use the same limb or hand all the time. For example, if your job requires you to make phone calls most of the time, you would be holding a phone constantly in one hand.
  • Your posture or positioning is wrong. For example, you are keeping the mouse at a higher level than your elbows.  


 Common Types of RSIs and Their Symptoms


The body parts that are most affected by office-related RSI include wrists, hands, elbows, forearms, shoulders, and neck. This may cause orthopedic conditions such as,


  1. Bursitis


  1. Tennis Elbow


  1. Rotator Cuff Tendonitis


  1. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.  

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Treatment For RSI


Office-related RSI is fairly mild in the beginning and if addressed early, it can be controlled effectively at the onset.

The treatment is conservative and initially, doctors prescribe conventional medication and physical therapy.

Dr. Tanveer Bhutani, sports injury specialist and orthopedic surgeon at Eva Hospital says,” Maintaining a workout regime is vital. Office goers tend to ignore joint health while pursuing ambitious careers.

As a result, repetitive movements cause overuse injuries and damage all-around health. It is similar to sporting injuries.