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Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

Doctor Hooshmand and I have co-authored the following article: Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Diagnosis and Treatment.

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REPETITIVE STRAIN INJURY

 

REPETITIVE STRAIN INJURY (RSI)

DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT

H. Hooshmand, M.D. and Eric M. Phillips

Neurological Associates Pain Management Center

Vero Beach, FL

 

Abstract. Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a form of neuropathic pain which closely mimics carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). The incidence and the recognition of RSI are on the rise. Due to lack of training regarding RSI, and lack of familiarity with the syndrome, the clinicians usually do not include the RSI in their list of differential diagnosis. Careful history taking, neurological evaluation, along with such tests as quantitative sensory testing (QST) and infrared thermal imaging (ITI) is helpful to differentiate RSI from other causes of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). Proper treatment with epidural and paravertebral nerve blocks, I.V. Mannitol for inflammation, and physical therapy spared these patients from unnecessary surgery.

Descriptors. carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), repetitive strain injury (RSI)