Repetitive Strain Injury
Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a type of injury to the muscles, tendons and nerves that are caused by repetitive movements over a long period of time, forceful exertions or overuse. With symptoms such as mild to severe pain, cramps, tenderness and muscle weakness, RSI can be a debilitating condition affecting everyday life and a person’s ability to work.
RSI can become a chronic condition if not correctly treated. Stopping activities that aggravate the condition is usually the first recommended action to stop making the condition worse, while anti-inflammatories, painkillers, massage, support braces and heat packs are common treatments to alleviate symptoms. There is an alternative however, that is at least as effective as anti-inflammatories yet helps the body to actually heal while simultaneously relieving pain – low level laser therapy.
Low level laser therapy – offering relief from Repetitive Strain Injury
Low level laser therapy – also known as cold laser – a medical grade, painless therapeutic laser used as an effective treatment to reduce inflammation, restore healthy tissue and reduce pain.
The powerful anti-inflammatory and pain relieving effects of LLLT help to improve the quality of life in patients suffering from the pain of repetitive strain injury.
LLLT works by enhancing circulation and encouraging the injured cells and tissues to repair, helping to restore normal function. As the underlying problem is treated, pain relief is possible.
A ground-breaking therapy for accelerating healing and relieving pain, a series of treatments is recommended to achieve the best results.
Safe and very effective, low level laser helps you get back in action, faster.
Benefits of low level laser therapy as a treatment for Repetitive Strain Injury:
- Clinically proven results
- Safe to use immediately after an injury
- Reduces the need for medication
- Helps to restore the normal range of motion
- Suitable for all ages
- Treatment is painless
- Relieves and potentially eliminates pain
What causes RSI?
There are many causes of RSI:
- Overuse of muscles on a continued and repetitive basis.
- Standing or sitting in the same position on a continuous basis.
- Carrying heavy loads regularly.
- Direct pressure to the body.
- Working long hours without a break.
- Handling equipments that vibrate.
- Not trained to perform work in the safest way.
- Lack of variety in work.
Symptoms of Repetitive Strain Injury
Symptoms may be apparent straight away. Early symptoms may be tingling or soreness in the affected area. Symptoms will usually disappear once the aggravated work is stopped. However, if not treated properly, RSI may turn into a bad chronic injury. Putting extra stress on work or taking fewer breaks can make symptoms more severe and long term. Other symptoms may include:
- Pain, aching, tenderness
- Muscle tightness or stiffness
- Throbbing in the affected area
- Dull ache
- Muscle weakness
How is RSI treated?
Acute RSI is relatively easy to diagnose and can often be treated successfully, however when the condition becomes chronic, it becomes more difficult to treat.
Repetitive Strain Injury can usually be completely cured if detected in the early stages. Treatment measures include:
- Stopping performing the work that seems to be causing the symptoms
- Anti-inflammatory medication and painkillers
- Massage, yoga or osteopathy
- For some patients, swimming may be very helpful to relieve pain
- Ultrasound therapy
- Braces to support the affected area
- Soft tissue massage
- Heat packs
- Stretching exercises
Low level laser therapy is an effective, drug-free, painless alternative to traditional treatments for Repetitive Strain Injury.
Used on its own or in combination with other treatments under the guidance of a GP, cold laser can be effective in reducing or eliminating pain.
Instant or long-lasting relief cannot be guaranteed as results vary for each patient due to age, health condition, type of injury, lifestyle and concurrent treatments, however clinical evidence and our patients’ experiences indicate low level laser to be a worthwhile and effective treatment option for RSI.