Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

What is repetitive strain injury?

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) relates to the overuse of muscles and tendons in the body, particularly the hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, back and neck. There are two types of RSI:

Type 1 RSI is diagnosable from the symptoms listed below
Type 2 RSI is not recognizable from the symptoms and is often referred to as non-specific pain syndrome.

Symptoms of repetitive strain injury

  • Pain or tenderness in your muscles or joints
  • Stiffness
  • Weakness
  • Cramp


Although the exact cause is not known, certain things are thought to increase the risk of RSI, including:

  • Doing a repetitive activity, over a long period, without rest
  • Activities that involves force, such as heavy lifting
  • Poor posture
  • Working in an awkward position
  • Stress


The most important step of treating RSI is identifying and omitting the cause. Symptoms can be relieved with:

  • Painkillers/Anti-inflammatories
  • Ice therapy/cooling, such as Physicool
  • Steroid injections

Repetitive strain injury – Apply a reusable Physicool cooling bandage for thirty minutes to one hour whenever needed. The bandage will cool by drawing heat out of the injury, treating the pain and reducing any swelling. This will speed up your recovery time and get you back to feeling yourself faster.