Repetitive Strain Injury Specialist

Dana Robinson, DC -  - Chiropractic Medicine

Peninsula RSI Chiropractic Wellness Center

Dana Robinson, DC

Chiropractic Medicine located in Redwood City, CA

Repetitive strain injuries are responsible for countless days of lost work and time away from your favorite sport or activity. The team at Peninsula RSI Chiropractic Wellness Center in Redwood City, California, encourages you to come in for integrative treatment at the earliest sign of a repetitive strain injury, while it’s easier to prevent severe damage and avoid chronic pain. To schedule an appointment, call the Silicon Valley area office or use the online booking feature today.

Repetitive Strain Injury Q & A

What is a repetitive strain injury?

Repetitive strain injuries (RSI), also called overuse injuries, occur when you make the same movement over an extended time. As you place persistent stress on the same group of soft tissues, they develop small tears and become inflamed.

The damage heals if you take time to rest the affected soft tissues. However, by definition, the injury is caused by repeated motion, which means the soft tissues don’t have time to heal, so they sustain further damage and more inflammation. Before long, scar tissue develops, and you develop symptoms such as pain, tingling, loss of sensation, and muscle weakness.

Your risk of developing an RSI increases if you have poor posture or use improper body mechanics. You’re also more likely to develop the problem if you suddenly increase your training, exercise too long, or don’t give your muscles time to rest and recover.

What types of repetitive strain injury might I develop?

While RSI can affect any part of your body, they often develop in the upper limbs. The following are a few of the most common repetitive strain injuries.

  • Trigger finger
  • Trigger points
  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Raynaud’s disease
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome

One type of RSI, intersection syndrome, causes muscle inflammation in the arm due to repetitive wrist movement. This condition often affects weightlifters, skiers, rowers, and those who play racket sports.

How are repetitive strain injuries treated?

The first step in treatment for an RSI is temporarily limiting or avoiding the activity responsible for your RSI. As part of your rehabilitation, your provider shows you how to correct the problem with a new training regimen, improved ergonomics, and better equipment.

Your treatment may include myofascial release therapy and trigger point release therapy to promote healing, decrease inflammation, and alleviate the pain. When you can tolerate movement, structured exercises are gradually implemented to restore strength, balance, and function.

Soft tissue recovery is an essential component of comprehensive treatment for a repetitive strain injury. At Peninsula RSI Chiropractic Wellness Center, the team specializes in soft tissue treatments such as class 4 lasers and electrical stimulation units.

With cutting-edge class 4 lasers, your provider safely treats your soft tissues with specific wavelengths of energy that stimulate cells to re-energize and heal. Electrical stimulation units boost healing in muscles or significantly relieve pain by targeting nerves.

At the first sign of a repetitive strain injury, call Peninsula RSI Chiropractic Wellness Center or schedule an appointment online.