Not one pain syndrome gained as much popularity over the last few years as Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). RSI is also known as CANS (Complaints Arm Neck Shoulder). RSI is a pain syndrome where pain and other complaints occur in the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrist, hands and fingers. In short the entire arm. A certain period of overuse usually prior to the complaints. RSI complaints can be so severe that it impairs the normal daily activities. Complaints vary from pain, stiffness, tingling, clumsiness, loss of coordination, loss of strength and discoloration in the arms.
The Orthopaedic Manual Therapist (OMT) will view the complaints in a wider spectrum and will also take in consideration the whole arm but also the neck and back. This is done because usually a broader approach is necessary in the treatment plan. Next to the interventions applied by the OMT exercises for strengthening but also relaxation, coordination and endurance are necessary. Also the ergonomics at your workplace and at home are being taken into consideration. The OMT will review your workplace and advise adjustments when necessary for an optimized treatment result. When a multidisciplinary treatment course is indicated the OMT will contact, with your permission, the necessary medical specialists.