Repetitive Stress Injury

Repetitive Stress Injury
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Repetitive stress injury (RSI) is an umbrella term for the pain, stiffness and swelling that develops from repeated strain on a particular set of muscles, tendons or joints over an extended period of time. For example, an occupational repetitive stress injury can occur in a person’s wrists or fingers from prolonged typing or in an individual’s low back or upper arms from frequent heavy lifting. RSIs also can occur as the result of participating in sports or hobbies where one joint or set of joints is used repeatedly. Two well-known examples of a sport-related repetitive stress injury are “tennis elbow” and “runners knee.” Other common repetitive stress injuries include tendinitis, carpal-tunnel syndrome, and neck pain.

Utilizing ergonomically designed products such as chairs and keyboards in the workplace can decrease the risk for developing a work-related RSI. Athletes should always follow proper training techniques to avoid an RSI due to over-training. But if you think you may be have suffering from a repetitive stress injury, we can help.

At the Kaplan Center our physicians have years of experience treating patients with repetitive stress injuries and other chronic pain conditions, and we completely reject the notion that you “just have to live with it.”

At your first visit, your Kaplan physician will take time exploring the onset of your condition, the specific nature of your symptoms and the overall status of your health. You’ll also be asked about the medications and therapies you’ve tried in the past, and what has and hasn’t worked for you. To gather additional information about your condition, specialized diagnostic laboratory testing may be necessary.

After reviewing all of the factors contributing to your condition, your physician will spend time talking with you about your diagnosis and working with you to create a customized and multi-dimensional treatment plan that addresses not only your immediate pain, but also any possible underlying or co-existing conditions that may be causing or aggravating your symptoms.

The Kaplan Center specializes in pain management without surgery. Depending on the nature of your repetitive stress injury, your treatment may incorporate a variety of non-surgical therapies effective in resolving difficult joint and muscle pain, including but not limited to the following:

We’re here for you, and we want to help. Our goal is to return you to optimal health as soon as possible.

Please call (703) 532-4892 to schedule an appointment, or for more information, please click here.