Repetitive Strain Injury

Woman holding painful Wrist/HandWhat is it? Repetitive Strain Injury is an umbrella term for injuries caused by repeated movements.

Common Cause: Repeated occupational overuse of the wrist.

Common Symptoms: Pain on movement which worsens after activity leading to reduced function.

How can Physiotherapy help? It can help alleviate overstrain and improve the circulation of injured tissues which helps promote healing. It can teach you better ways to use the wrist or affected joint in everyday life, which helps prevent further damage, and ultimately reduces pain and facilitates better function.

What to expect during treatment: Massage and stretching of soft tissues and mobilisation of affected joints. Exercises and advice regarding working postures and activities in order to find the most efficient way of completing a task such that the strain on the body’s tissues is reduced.

What can you do to help yourself: Regular rest periods, use the affected joint as instructed by the physiotherapist.

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Lewis Payne

Lewis graduated from The University of Nottingham in 2013 with a First Class Honours in Physiotherapy, worked as Sheffield F.C.’s first team Physiotherapist, and now runs a leading-edge private clinic in Sheffield. With over ten years of experience, he specialises in manual therapy, advanced technological treatments, and exercise-based approaches, focusing on spinal and joint conditions, sports injuries, and specifically complex spinal issues like disc pathology and scoliosis. Lewis leads in IDD Therapy, performing over 6000 treatments, offers MRI referrals and reviews, and employs a holistic treatment philosophy viewing the body as a Tensegrity structure. He excels in postural analysis, soft tissue release techniques, and prescribes biomechanical corrective exercises to enhance natural movement.