Repetitive strain injury treatments of many different ways are available if you are suffering with repetitive strain injury. First off, you will want to get as much information as possible on your particular disorder.
You can’t achieve healing from an RSI solely by seeing your doctor. You will need to be an active participant during the course of your repetitive strain injury treatment and afterwards.
Occupational therapists, physical therapists, physiatrists, surgeons, and alternative medicine practitioners are the people that may be involved in the diagnosis and treatment of RSI.
Simple Repetitive Strain Injury Treatment Measures
One simple measure, which is more common sense than anything is painkillers and anti inflammatory pills, these are available over the counter at any good pharmacy.
When taking painkillers and anti inflammatory pills it is important that you rest the affected area, just because the pain is not there it doesn’t mean the condition has instantly been resolved.
Another simple measure is speaking to your employer, you may find they have guidelines to work towards that may mean you can get some support in alleviating your condition. This means your work place may be assessed and improvements implemented.
You can get a simple support bandage from your local pharmacy to help add strength to the affected area, if it is your wrist or arm. You may need to purchase a special keyboard and/or mouse or get speech recognition software in order to prevent further irritation to your injury.
Speech recognition software is a great alternative for those who suffer due to computer work, speech recognition software works by the software writing what you say for you.
Your medical professional might possibly prescribe that you wear an orthopedic hand brace. You don’t want to wear one of these if your doctor doesn’t prescribe it because it could lead to further injury.
Medical Treatments for RSI
Your doctor may prescribe physical therapy, a physical therapists role is to develop and maximize the movement of the body, and this can also include the provision of aids to alleviate symptoms.
Another prescribed therapy your doctor may request is occupational therapy, it may sound like occupational therapy and physical therapy are very similar but there are differences.
Occupational therapy helps develop and maintain the skills required to carry out all the general functions needed to live a comfortable life.
Occupational therapy includes assessing what a persons requirements are and supporting them with offering recommendations on adapting to their living or working space and offering simple exercises to regain movement.
Alternative Treatment Methods
Deep body massages have been reported to work wonders for those suffering with repetitive strain injury as it works deep into the body’s soft tissues like the muscles and tendons where the pain comes from.
Soft tissue therapy is a type of therapy that works by decompressing the area surrounding the RSI. This will increase your circulation and aid in healing. They may also try biofeedback. This is generally used to reduce tension in the muscles in your shoulders and neck.
Some people have reported that slow martial arts like Tai Chi can have a dramatic affect on their condition because they work on specific movements and improve strength and flexibility.
As a last resort, your medical doctor might recommend that you have surgery. You should keep in mind that it doesn’t always work and you will be left without the use of your hand and arm for a long time. The above treatment methods have been proven to help heal even the worst RSI disorders when they are done correctly.