Repetitive strain injuries (RSI) are both common and serious. They have serious
leng-term economic effects on the productivity of both individuals and
Computer use is a common cause of RSIs - as is playing musical instruments.
Many RSIs which are related to computer use appear to arise as a result of
damaged tendons executing a sawing action - resulting in inflammation and pain
in surrounding tissues.
There are other common muscular disorders associated with computer use which
also arise as a result of computer use - including muscular indurations in the
shoulder - as a result of continuous strain in muscles stabilising the head and
Many RSIs often heal gradually over time - but healing can be a
time-consuming process - and sufferers often find that even minor levels of
activity aggravate the disorder - and reduce the rate of recovery.
Recovery often takes years in young healthy individuals who have the
opportunity to rest. Age, or loss of control over ones working environment may
cause the process to take longer still - and there are some who never
Subsynovial connective tissue injuries may be behind many cases of
RSI. Details are here.
Here are some links to scientific studies about some of the conservative
interventions that look as though they might help RSI sufferers,
indexed by intervention:
Splints vs steroids
Low Level Lazer
Nerve and tendon gliding exercises
Low calorie diet
Blood sugar control
Carpal bone mobilisation
Soft tissue mobilisation (e.g. ASTYM)
Pricking collateral blood therapy
Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy
Pyridoxine - Vitamin B6
Keyboard finger forces
RSI - quackery
Since RSI is common and some of the victims are not short of money, it appears
that RSI has attracted a substantial volume of therapists eager to cash in -
and there is a large volume of RSI quackery.
RSI - notes
There are a few brief personal musings about RSI interventions on my
RSI notes page.