The disorder comes from the injuries of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems that maybe caused by repetitive tasks, forceful exertions, vibrations, mechanical compression (pressing against hard surfaces) or sustained or awkward positions.
The following complaints are typical in patients who might receive a diagnosis of RSI:
- Short bursts of pain in the arm, back, shoulders, wrists, hands, or thumbs (typically diffuse – i.e. spread over many areas).
- The pain is worse with activity.
- Weakness, lack of endurance.
The most-often prescribed treatments for early-stage RSIs is physical therapy such as rest, splinting, massage, stretching and strengthening.