RSI is an umbrella term for a variety of, often work-related, conditions affecting the nerves, muscles, and tendons of the neck, arms, and hands of sufferers. Once diagnosed with RSI, which is also commonly known as cumulative trauma disorder, employees are usually advised to stop whatever activity is believed to be the cause. This may mean informing employers of the condition in order to arrange for working tasks to be adjusted to allow the condition to improve.
Cumulative trauma disorder treatments
There are several conventional treatment options available to sufferers. Such options include, for example:
- Taking aspirin, ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory painkillers
- Using cold or heat packs
- Wearing splints or elastic supports
- Getting physiotherapy to relax and strengthen muscles and/ or improve posture
- Having steroid injections
Adding swimming or walking to daily routines may also assist recovery. In some cases, doctors may suggest osteopathy or massage treatments. Waiting times can be long, and patients often decide to speed things up by ‘going private’. Symptoms can also frequently be relieved through complementary and alternative therapies like yoga, reflexology, and acupuncture.
Acupuncture and repetitive strain injury
Radically different to conventional medicine, acupuncture works on the basis that illnesses, or rather their symptoms, indicate that a person’s Qi (life force; individual energy) is no longer balanced. Usually involving the insertion of fine needles just under the skin, acupuncture aims to restore said balance. Releasing tension and resolving some of the pain caused by work injuries related to RSI with acupuncture typically consists of needling and manipulating tender points (often coinciding with myofascial trigger locations) situated along the patient’s meridians (Qi channels). Success varies significantly, with some patients finding this therapy extremely effective, while others notice no difference at all. In most cases, effects are not felt until several treatments have been provided. The duration of effects also varies, wearing off quicker in some individuals than in others.
Like other work related injuries, RSI conditions may entitle sufferers to claim work injury compensation. This may come in particularly useful if private treatments and complementary therapies like acupuncture have to be paid for. Accident Advice Helpline, a law firm that has successfully handled all kinds of personal and industrial injury claims for as long as 13 years, can help you to secure adequate compensation if your injury was caused by someone else’s fault and occurred within no more than three years prior to your claim. Claiming for compensation is as simple as picking up the phone and calling this law firm’s free phone number on 0800 689 0500.