Work-related conditions

There is a rapidly increasing need for management of work-related upper limb disorders.  Conditions also known as repetitive strain injury (RSI), cumulative trauma disorder or non-specific arm pain (NSAP).

Overuse-type conditions typically have a gradual onset and may have a history associated with a change in work practice and/or increased stress.  

Symptoms include:

  • Tiredness
  • Heaviness
  • General aching
  • Diffuse pain
  • Feelings of weakness or stiffness
  • Loss of function

Hand therapists are often involved in managing these conditions, and use a variety of treatment approaches:

  • Pain education and management
  • Ergonomic advice
  • Work pattern advice/task modification
  • Time and self-management techniques
  • Neck and thoracic exercises
  • Activity level monitoring
  • Exercise and reconditioning
  • Splinting

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