Repetitive Strain Injuries

Woman holding her wrist pain from using computer. Whether it’s a factory worker bolting in the same part an entire shift, a programmer writing lines of code for hours on end, or a painter pulling the brush downward all day — these types of repetitive movements can lead to repetitive strain injury (RSI).

At Cynergy Physical & Occupational Therapy, we help patients get past the pain, helping them hopefully avoid surgery.

What Is a Repetitive Strain Injury?

Repetitive movement can create micro-injuries in the muscles, nerves, and tendons. You don’t sense these minor injuries, but with the continuing repetition there is a gradual buildup of damage. This leads to chronic pain that grows as you continue the movement.

Repetitive strain injuries frequently involve the wrists and hands, the forearms and elbows, and the neck and shoulders.

What Are the Symptoms of Such an Injury?

Symptoms of RSI include:

  • Tenderness
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Throbbing
  • Weakness
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold

Patients have no idea these types of injuries are happening because the damage is so gradual. One day, they will have the first sensations listed above, and those will only worsen with continuation of the movements.

How Is RSI Treated?

At Cynergy, our physical therapists can help with the pain by fabricating splints and providing a regimen of stretching, physical conditioning, and education on proper ergonomic positioning.

We have five locations across the city. We can help with your repetitive strain injuries. Make an appointment at Midtown West, (212) 974-7252; Chelsea, (212) 255-8080; Midtown East, (212) 980-2963; ADPT by Cynergy, (212) 292-7145; or Cobble Hill, (718) 795-2744.

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