Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

By: Shanaya Dua

What is RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury)?

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is a potentially weakening condition from over using the hands to preform a repetitive task, such as typing, clicking a mouse, or writing.


  • Tenderness in the affected muscle or joint
  • Pain in affected muscle or joint
  • Throbbing sensation
  • Tingling sensation
  • Loss of sensation
  • Loss of strength

Causes of RSI

  • Poor posture or a non-ergonomically designed work space
  • Overuse of a particular muscle or group of muscles
  • Working in cold temperatures
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Preventing RSI


  • ensure that desk, chair and screen are aligned in an ergonomic fashion.
  • Adjust chair and keyboard height
  • elbows at 90 degrees
  • keyboard top about 28 inches
  • adequate knee clearance
  • adjustable lumbar support
  • armrest recommended


  • Chin tucks
  • Neck rotations
  • Neck side bends
  • Neck forward bends
  • Chest stretches
  • Wrist extensions
  • Wrist flexing
  • Finger stretches
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Types of RSI

  • Tendinosis: cellular degeneration of collagen within the tendons through overuse (a separate condition from tendinitis)
  • Raynaud's disease: the collapse of blood vessels in the extremities when cold or stressed; this condition can be brought on by work involving vibration - jackhammer operators, for instance, are prone
  • Rotator cuff syndrome: damage to any of the tendons that hold the shoulder joint in place, particularly common in work where prolonged overhead activity is necessary
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