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Repetitive Stress Injury

Alternate Names : RSI, Repetitive Stress Syndrome

Repetitive Stress Injury | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the injury?

Minor pain or injury may require RICE therapy:

  • rest or reduced activity
  • ice or cold packs applied to the affected area
  • compression of the area, such as with ace bandages or wrist splints
  • elevation
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and naproxen, may be used to reduce inflammation and discomfort. In some cases, a corticosteroid may be injected into the affected area.

    Physical therapy or strength training exercises may help increase the strength of the tendons and muscles. Ultrasound may be used to warm the muscles and improve blood flow. If conservative treatment is not successful, surgery may be necessary.

    What are the side effects of the treatments?

    NSAIDs can cause stomach upset and allergic reactions. Surgery poses a risk of bleeding, infection, and allergic reactions to anesthesia.

    What happens after treatment for the injury?

    In mild cases of repetitive stress injury, no further treatment is needed for minor pain and inflammation. For more serious disease or injury, treatment may continue. Physical therapy and daily strengthening exercises may be recommended.

    Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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    Author: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
    Date Reviewed: 08/09/01

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