R.S.I and W.R.U.L.D

What is it R.S.I?

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) and Work Related Upper Limb Disorder (WRULD) are umbrella terms which describe pain and other symptoms in the upper limb caused by repetition and overuse. This may include shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand and fingers.

Why does it Happen?

Several activities are thought to contribute including:

  • Repetitive activities
  • High intensity activity
  • Poor posture
  • Heavy weights
  • Awkward positions
  • Vibration
  • Change or sudden increase in working activities

Symptoms of RSI / Work Related Upper Limb Disorder

  • Pain / ache
  • Stiffness
  • Tingling / numbness

What your Physiotherapist can do

A thorough assessment will help determine the nature of your symptoms and identify which structures are involved, e.g. muscles, joints, nerves or tendons. Treatment will then be targeted at relieving the pain and helping with prevention.

Treatment may include:

  • Hands-on mobilisation of joints and muscles
  • Electrotherapy for pain relief
  • Massage
  • Acupuncture for pain relief
  • Specific exercises
  • Advice on posture and prevention

What you can do

  • Avoid excessive force at work, eg. try a lighter touch or grip
  • Vary your tasks
  • Avoid hobbies that are similar to your type of work
  • Ensure you have the correct spectacles for the task
  • Take regular breaks, at intervals, which avoid the on-set of symptoms
  • Ensure there is adequate lighting and avoid glare on computer screens
  • Keep generally fit and do regular gentle exercises