RSI Information 




Personal RSI Stories

RSIs are not so much diseases as they are a response to excessive and repetitive demands placed on the body. The hundreds of known repetitive stress injuries, or RSIs, all have a similar cause: excessive wear and tear on your body. They start when you do the same task over and over again, from clicking a mouse to craning to see the computer monitor. If your body doesn't get a chance to heal, the damage adds up, and can eventually destroy your ability to do your job. (CNN -- Working Wounded)


How to Start an RSI Support Group, Judy Doane,
The large information gaps that exist for people with injuries that tend to heal very slowly create the need to seek out others with similar injuries and to find resources. The desire for a regular meeting develops in the community and one or more persons then initiate the process of organizing meetings. The composition of the group that attends will depend largely on the community from which it springs. The following is an outline that incorporates some of the typical elements of that process.

Incidence of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy in Repetitive Strain Injuries, Lisa M. Sattler, MS, PT
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)órecently renamed complex regional pain syndrome types I and IIóis a documented condition described in the literature as a pain syndrome occurring as a result of trauma to a body part. Repetitive strain injuries have been described as injuries that at least partially involve microtrauma to soft tissue. In a number of cases patients with RSI have slowly developed RSD, which has been neglected in the literature. I have recently been introduced to the possibility that many RSI patients have "mild" or "early" RSD, and I want to alert other clinicians as well as patients.

A Brief Guide to Keyboard and Industrial Overuse Syndromes - Compiled by:  David Mc Farlane (233KB MS Word)

Repetitive Strain Injury and Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Hal Blatman, MD
During the last few years I have followed the postings to online Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) discussion lists with considerable interest, and have occasionally offered some suggestions for myofascial pain sufferers. Iíve written this FAQ to assist in understanding myofascial pain, a syndrome that is still quite a mystery to many people including physicians, chiropractors, and therapists.

20 Clinical Truths About RSI by Peter Bower, MD

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome from Nidus Information Services
An extensive report on CTS with information, resources, and literature. Part of the Well-Connected library http://www.well-connected.com, which consists of over 90 in-depth reports on common psychological and medical problems and wellness topics. Reports are reviewed by physicians at Harvard Medical School and are updated quarterly.

STUDY: Computer Related Symptoms: A Major Problem For College Students by Erik Peper, Ph.D. and Katherine H. Gibney 
Computer use among students has increased dramatically in the last few years. Many universities now require a computer and computer literacy for enrollment. When questioned about computer use most students report discomfort such as dry eyes, neck and shoulder tightness, back pain and exhaustion.

The Role of the Neck in RSIs by Robert L. Kane, DC, CCUCS and David A. Browning, DC
Recently, medical research has been targeting the role of the cervical spine (neck) as it relates to upper extremity injuries (hand, wrist, elbow, arm, and shoulder). Specifically, the role of cervical biomechanics (the motion occurring at the joints of the neck) is now seen to play a significant role in RSI.

Double Crush & CTS by Dr. Robert L. Kane, DC, CCUCS
Medical literature has repeatedly documented the involvement of multiple injury sites in repetitive strain injuries. This is commonly referred to as a "Double Crush" Syndrome.

RSI and Mouse Bite are a Pain in the Neck! Michael Roberts, B.App.Sci. (Physiotherapy)
With the increasing use of personal computers in homes and offices around the world, there is an increasing incidence of computer-related disorders. When the RSI epidemic swept the world in the late 1970s it was believed that the arm symptoms were coming from the wrists and forearms or from the complainantsí heads (i.e., "It's all in their heads.").

The Value of Early Detection and Treatment of CTDs, Bonnie Sussman, MEd, PT
As the incidence of cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs) increases, companies continue to look for ways to prevent these problems or minimize disability and costs when they do occur. Preventive efforts such as minimizing repetition whenever possible, rotating jobs, setting up ergonomically sound workstations, taking stretch breaks, and using assistive devices are becoming more widespread. Although prevention techniques are critical to success, it can sometimes be hard to know how much and where to apply them.

Wired News -- RSI: It's Not Just for Geeks, by Joyce Slaton 
Welcome to Generation Stress. Repetitive Strain Injury syndrome -- caused by stressing muscles, tendons, and nerves -- has been bustin' out in the ranks of computer workers since the industry kicked into high gear. But it's only recently that its debilitating effects have begun cropping up in other industries.


Online publications by Medical Multimedia Group:
Medical Multimedia Group

A Patient's Guide to Cumulative Trauma Disorder (CTD)
Treatment Approaches - Rest, Relaxation, and Recovery - Posture

Wrist and Hand

A Patient's Guide to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
(Introduction) (Anatomy) (Diagnosis) (Treatment)

Intersection Syndrome
DeQuervain's Tenosynovitis
Guyon's Canal Syndrome
Trigger Finger and Thumb


Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis elbow)
Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer's Elbow)
Radial Tunnel Syndrome
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome


A Patient's Guide to Shoulder Problems - Impingement Syndrome


Thoracic Outlet Syndrome


Low Back Pain

More RSI-Related Information:

About.com - Repetitive Strain Injuries 

David Ruegg's Repetitive Strain Injury Page  
A nice, focused site on RSIs, their symptoms, treatments, changes to the workplace, and Dave's own experiences with RSIs.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
A user's guide to the nerves of the wrist
Keith W. Roach, M.D.
University of Chicago
Section of General Internal Medicine

Avoiding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Michigan State University

Repetitive Motion Injuries
Philip E. Higgs, M.D. and Susan E. Mackinnon, M.D. , Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri.
Repetitive motion injuries have presented clinicians with a significant challenge over the past two and a half decades. Acceptable treatment of inflammatory disorders is well established, but compressive neuropathies and nonspecific complaints of numbness, tingling, and discomfort in the upper extremity present vexing dilemmas. Current research and experience point to multilevel problems, including posturally induced muscular imbalance. Although surgical solutions to these problems are sometimes indicated, conservative approaches successfully treat many individuals and have narrowed the scope and indications for surgical intervention. These approaches include ergonomic changes at the workstation, postural changes, and muscle stretching and strengthening to correct imbalance.

The RSI Clinic
The RSI Clinic is an innovative medical clinic specializing in the assessment, treatment, and research of Work related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSD or RSI) and other soft tissue injuries.

On this website, based on the book, "It's Not Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: RSI Theory & Therapy for Computer Professionals," you'll find a five-page article synopsizing the authors' theory of RSI, an interactive quiz, many excerpts and testimonials from the book, an awesome review, a brochure that you can print for business or personal use, and their collection of web links

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is a common condition among individuals who work in an environment that places stress on certain parts of the body.

Eliminating Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders
A newsletter from IMPACC (1995).
Also note IMPACC's Frequently Asked Questions on Repetitive Strain Injury and Back Pain.

Avoiding a Painful Back!!!
Environmental Health & Safety - University of Virginia

Exercises may prevent carpal tunnel syndrome
News Release from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

The Dark Tunnel Of Pain At The End Of The Web
Forget Net congestion and lousy business plans; the Web's Achilles' Heel may be that tingling sensation in your fingertips. Unfortunately, no one wants to think about RSI until it's often too late. Are you at risk? Find out in our feature story.

Ergonomic Furniture and Equipment for Evaluation
The University of Arizona's CCIT, Risk Management, and Procurement and Contracting Services are partners in an area for evaluation of ergonomic furniture and equipment by the U of A community. A variety of chairs, tables, keyboard trays, and alternate input devices, as well as vision aids are available for evaluation.

MIT's RSI Information Page
Information on RSIs including who is at risk, prevention, warning signs, suggested reading and resources.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Homepage
Brought to you by Metro Smallwares, distributors of COMPFORT: The simple, cost-effective way to prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

New Zealand page for occupational overuse syndrome

Repetitive Stress Injury Help Page (CMU)

Yahoo - Computer Related Health Hazards  

Personal RSI Stories

My RSI Saga: Or, How I am Beating RSI
As you've probably gathered from the title of this page, I have gone through the marvelous problems associated with Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI), which basically refers to any injury associated with repetitive actions, in my case typing. Not to kill the suspense, but I am doing okay now, approximately 2 years after my first symptoms. I even have a job as a programmer! :)

Recovery From RSI So Far, by Erik Barkley   
Erik's RSI story to date, posted on the LA RSI website (of which Erik is a co-founder). It is a relatively long article; but in his opinion/experience if you have been severely injured and really want to reclaim your hands/arms there is a lot of ground to cover.

Amara's RSI Page
Ergonomic Computing (or Don't Let Your Computer Cripple You!)
An essay by Amara Graps

Richard Donkin's RSI Page
This web page covers repetitive strain injury (RSI) - how to prevent it and how to recover from it. It applies to you, since everyone who uses computers is potentially at risk - so pick up the prevention bundle to help avoid getting it - believe me, avoiding RSI is worth the very minor effort involved! You can also find Richard's explanation of AMT at http://www.demon.co.uk/rsi/amt-adv.txt.

Rob Huttens Repetitive Strain Injuries page
This is under construction. Hopefully, this will soon be a decent source of information on RSI (also called Occupational Overuse Syndrome or Cumulative Trauma Disorder.)

William Silverstein's Story
Thought you might want to add some of the information from my pages to your pages. I had been through quite a bit with tendinitis and more.

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Last Updated: 01/11/02