RSI causes pain and tenderness in your muscles and joints. It mainly affects your upper limbs – including your shoulders, arms, wrists, hands and fingers. You might get other symptoms including stiffness, tingling and numbness. Find out more about how RSI might affect you in our section on symptoms above.
A doctor or physiotherapist can usually tell if you have RSI based on your symptoms and information about your work and activities. They may only need to do tests to rule out other conditions. You can often manage symptoms of RSI yourself and don’t always need to see a doctor or physiotherapist. For more information, see our section on diagnosis of RSI above.
The most important thing you can do is to stop or reduce the activity that’s causing your symptoms. You may need to make some changes at work to prevent it flaring up again. You can take over-the-counter painkillers and use heat and cold packs to manage your pain. If you need to, you can see a physiotherapist or GP for further treatment. To find out more, see our sections on self-help and treatment for RSI above.
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