Orthopaedic Hospitals


Repetitive strain injury (RSI)

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a term sometimes used for pain caused by repeated movement of part of the body. It often gets better on its own, but there are things you can do to help speed up your recovery.
Repetitive or strenuous work does not always cause RSI. Many people do the same job for years without having a problem. Pain in a part of the body like the arm is often caused by a combination of things, including aging.

Dr Yashwardhan Jaiswal

Treatment for repetitive strain injury (RSI)

Most people with repetitive strain injury (RSI) are able to manage their symptoms and get better without further treatment.


If your symptoms do not improve, you may be referred for physiotherapy. As well as massaging the affected area, a physiotherapist can show you exercises to help strengthen your muscles and improve your posture. Physiotherapy is free on the NHS throughout the UK but waiting times can be long. You can also pay to see a physiotherapist privately.

Other treatments

Sometimes steroid injections may be recommended to help reduce pain and swelling. Rarely, surgery may be needed if RSI is very severe.


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