Repetitive Strain Injury

 

Category: Orthopedic and Sports Therapy, Pain Relief

Cumming Physical Therapy, GAIt is interesting how certain injuries can change, yet stay the same over time. Today we have repetitive strain injuries (RSI) that are the consequences of manual labor, office work and/or the technology we use. Some of the more recent injuries include iPod finger, PlayStation thumb, Rubik’s wrist (or cuber’s thumb) stylus finger and Emacs pinky. Though these types of injuries are 21st century maladies, repetitive strain injuries are not new.

RSI was first described by an Italian physician in 1700. Bernardino Ramazzini documented over 20 categories of RSI. He made these observations among Italian industrial workers of his day. Hundreds of years later, RSI is still a concern among workers and those participating in sports and certain leisure activities. (more…)