Wrist pain

Learn more about repetitive strain injuries

Repetitive Strain Injuries

Doing repetitive activities is something we all do. The work we do, sports we play, crafts we make, even the way we care for our children. These can all contribute to and cause repetitive strain injuries.

Started to develop pain from something you do? Our osteopaths will examine your body, determine the cause, provide a diagnosis and give you a plan to get you moving again. 

What are repetitive strain injuries?

Repetitive strain injuries(RSI) are a group of conditions that are caused from repetitive use. They can occur in many areas of the body, however certain areas are more common than others. One of the more common areas to be affected are the wrist, elbow and hand. 

Some of the symptoms of an RSI include pain and tenderness around a muscle or tendon, stiffness, swelling, weakness and occasionally pins and needles.

Examples of RSI’s are tennis elbow, golfers elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, de quervains tenosynovitis, tendonitis, thoracic outlet syndrome, postural strains and disc injuries can be due to repetitive strain.

Your osteopath will try to find the cause of your pain to adapt a treatment approach specific to you.

What causes repetitive strain injuries?

Repetitive strain injuries (RSI’s) are caused by the build of of damage in muscle, tendon and nerves from repetitive tasks or motions. 

Some of the common causes are gripping tools, using a computer mouse, playing sports, typing or working on an assembly line.


Possible causes

What causes your pain?

These are some of the specific conditions that impact your repetitive strain injuries

tennis elbow

golfers elbow

carpal tunnel syndrome

Repetitive muscle strains at The Osteo Collective

How we help.


Your practitioner will start by asking you questions about your pain. This will be followed by a physical assessment testing the range of motion of your affected area, palpating the surrounding muscles and performing some special tests. We will discuss with you our diagnosis and develop a plan with you to help you and your pain. 


Treatment with our osteopaths is a hands-on approach. After determining where, why and how you have developed your pain we will use a combination of soft tissue techniques, stretching, mobilisation and other joint related techniques. We also consider what you do day to day and develop a home treatment plan for you to implement.


No one wants regular, recurring nagging chronic pain. Our exercise physiologist is the person to help with prevention. Improving your strength, function and flexibility, along with lifestyle changes will help prevent any future re-injuries. 

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