Medical Resources 


Medical and related resources of potential value to RSI sufferers. 


Selecting a Treating Physician by Joan Lichterman (East Bay RSI Support Group)
Selecting the right treating physician for you is one of the most important decisions you need to make, as this person is critical to your recovery and (in some states, like California) may be instrumental in securing needed workers' compensation and vocational rehabilitation benefits.

Guide to Getting Medical Care for Job-Related Pain That Won't Go Away by HESIS, a part of the Occupational Health Branch of the Department of Health Services (PDF)

Occupational Medicine and CTDs by Kevin Byrne, MD
Occupational physicians view Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTDs) differently from other physicians in large part because the concept of illnesses resulting from chronic work exposure is fundamental to occupational medicine.

Epidemiology and CTDs by Kevin Byrne, MD
Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTDs) present a host of problems because of their prevalence and financial impact. Although CTDs are pervasive in many segments of our society, they are still perceived with skepticism.

NonSurgical Treatment Options for Upper Extremity Overuse Injuries by Richard N. Norris, M.D.
Repetitive motion disorders can usually be treated nonoperatively with success, especially in their early stages. However, it should be kept in mind that nonsurgical treatment isn't always the conservative path, and there are many conditions that respond quickly and reliably to surgical procedures.

CTS Surgery: To Cut or Not to Cut by Tammy Crouch
"If it looks like carpal tunnel, cut it." Is this your doctor? I hope not! But this is a quote from a real live surgeon. Thankfully this man is in the minority. Sometimes surgery is not the best way to treat the symptoms of CTS, yet it's still recommended in a number of cases where, with a little detective work and time, the problem could be handled in a much less invasive manner.

Physical Therapy for RMIs by Randall Helm, PT
Physical therapy is a health profession specializing in the rehabilitation of people from all walks of life.  Physical therapists are among the primary caregivers in the fight against repetitive motion injuries. RMIs, RSIs, and CTDs are terms that are often interchanged to describe a host of work-related upper-extremity dysfunctions.

A Physical Therapist's Perspective on RSI by Jackie Ross, PT
A physical therapist's perspectives about symptoms and treatment of RSIs.

Muscle Learning Therapy by Dennis L. Ettare, MA
This speech was delivered to the Silicone Valley Forum of the Commonwealth Club of California on 2/5/98. It was updated on 2/6/1999 with a corrected and enhanced version for readers as well as the addition of many questions and answers. It presents a unique treatment protocol based upon an operant conditioning (or training) model using EMG biofeedback protocols developed specifically for chronic muscle pain.

Why Biofeedback Training is Used in Preventing and Treating RSIs  by Julie Weiner, MS, BCIAC
Biofeedback training is growing in popularity because it is noninvasive and pain-free, and its efficacy is well documented in medical literature. A short-term time investment (usually 8 to 20 sessions, depending on the severity of injury, and previously learned relaxation and stress-management skills), combined with a willingness to practice and establish new pain-prevention habits, can yield long-term health benefits.

STUDY: How to Use Applied Psychophysiology/Biofeedback in the Prevention and Assessment of Upper Extremity Musculoskeletal Disorders by Erik Peper, Richard Harvey and Dianne Shumay 
This paper reports on applied psycho physiological investigations for studying 1) muscle awareness at the computer and 2) applied psychophysiology to identify ergonomic positions.

STUDY: Biofeedback Group Training Approach by Dianne M. Shumay and Erik Peper
This study investigated the psycho physiological and clinical efficacy of a group training program derived from the individual multimodal biofeedback, somatic exercises and computer-related disorders prevention training protocol.

RSI and Applied Motor Control by Howard Nemerov, CMT
Basic concepts of Applied Motor Control, and how it can enhance and hasten your rehabilitation.

A Sports Medicine Approach to Overuse Injuries by Jeffrey Pearson, DO
General principles from sports medicine for the industrial athlete.

Water, the Fluid of Life by David L. Hodghead & Hersh Dunaetz
The human body is mostly made up of water. When you consider that we each eliminate two and a half quarts of water daily you will understand that it is necessary for our survival to replace this amount. Water is the most important substance the body consumes. Water regulates the body temperature, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells and organs, and bathes the interior of the body to remove waste materials and toxins from our cells and organs. Water cushions our joints, protects our organs and other tissues, and more. 


The word "biofeedback" was coined in the late 1969 to describe lab procedures (developed in the 1940's) that trained research subjects to alter brain activity, blood pressure, muscle tension, heart rate and other bodily functions that are not normally controlled voluntarily. Biofeedback is a training technique in which people are taught to improve their health and performance by using signals from their own bodies. <http://www.aapb.org/what.htm>

EEG Biofeedback is a learning strategy that enables persons to alter their brain waves. When information about a person's own brain wave characteristics is made available to him, he can learn to change them. You can think of it as exercise for the brain. <http://www.eegspectrum.com/articles/faq.htm>

Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB)
AAPB's mission is to advance the development, dissemination and utilization of knowledge about applied psychophysiology and biofeedback to improve health and the quality of life through research, education and practice.

The Biofeedback Network
Online Network of Biofeedback Resources
We invite you to learn about one of the most powerful holistic tools of our time.

EEG Spectrum
Vision: To promote the achievement of full human potential through brain-based self-regulation techniques, and to help evolve human consciousness through the exploration and development of advanced technologies for self-regulation, self-awareness and self-knowledge.

The Biofeedback Learning Center

Yahoo Search = Biofeedback


The Neuropathy Association


American Academy of Opthalmology

Computers and Eye Strain - http://www.eyenet.org/public/faqs/computers_faq.html


Also see Vision-Eye Strain


Wheeless' Textbook of Orthopaedics

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
     Public Information - Patient Education Brochures


Health Psychology & Rehabilitation 
Contains information and viewpoints about the interaction of psychological and medical conditions (or psychomedical disorders). This includes information about psychological difficulties that can be caused by medical conditions, as well as psychological factors which can complicate or delay recovery from medical conditions.

Physical/Occupational Therapy




Association of State Medical Board Executive Directors - DocFinder
The health professional licensing database provided by AIM and its participating boards

Mayo Clinic
Welcome to Mayo Clinic Health O@sis, your source of reliable health information from Mayo Clinic. This site is directed by a team of Mayo physicians, scientists, writers and educators. We update Mayo Clinic Health O@sis every weekday to bring you the most relevant health information.
     Overuse strain injury - Progressive conditions respond to simple care

Healthfinder is a gateway consumer health information web site from the United States government. healthfinder can lead you to selected online publications, databases, web sites, and support and self-help groups, as well as the government agencies and not-for-profit organizations that produce reliable health information for the public. The information you find can help you make better health choices for yourself and your family. Please remember that information alone can't take the place of health care you may need. Also, healthfinder does not control the content of the Internet sites or organizations listed.

Hardin Meta Directory Public, Occupational and Environmental Health Page
"We list the sites that list the sites" ... Hardin Meta Directory pages have pointers to the most complete and frequently cited lists in each subject.

This is a powerful medical research and continuing education site that offers free MEDLINE searches, many continuing education courses on line, hyper links to numerous association/organization web sites, and  hyper links to medical news web sites.

The Med Engine - From the law firm of Goldberger & Associates
Dedicated to providing the best on-line medical sources available in a fast, well-organized, easy-to-use, single-page format!

Medinex - The Web's Intelligent Health Index

Center for the Advancement of Health
The most intractable health problems of today will never be solved without full recognition of how intimately our health is linked to our attitudes, emotions, thoughts, behaviors, social relations and economic status. The mission of the Center for the Advancement of Health is to incorporate this view of health care into every aspect of health research, policy and standard medical practice.

HealthWorld Online Home Page


MedAccess: Index

Medical Matrix - A Guide to Internet Medical Resources

CDC Home Page

Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North Americal (RESNA)
RESNA is an interdisciplinary association for the advancement of rehabilitation and assistive technologies (AT).

The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)
The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) is a library and information center on disability and rehabilitation. Funded since 1979 by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), NARIC collects and disseminates the results of federally funded research projects. NARIC's document collection, which also includes commercially published books, journal articles, and audiovisuals, grows at a rate of 250 new documents per month.

Your Complete Source for Health Care Facilities and Health Insurance. Explore the user friendly features that guide and lead you through your search.

Health Psychology & Rehabilitation
Contains information and viewpoints about the interaction of psychological and medical conditions (or psychomedical disorders). This includes information about psychological difficulties that can be caused by medical conditions, as well as psychological factors which can complicate or delay recovery from medical conditions.

Oversensitivity to Electricity

Low-Level-Laser Biostimulation and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Selected Media Coverage and Medical Research
The purpose of this web-site is to help facilitate greater public awareness of the medical use of "biostimulation" for such conditions as carpal tunnel syndrome and/or "repetitive strain injury," in particular by referring readers to sources of more specific information

Human Effort Website

Biomechanics World Wide

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Last Updated: 01/11/02