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How Can Physical Therapy Treat Repetitive Strain Injuries?

How Can Physical Therapy Treat Repetitive Strain Injuries?

January 25, 2023
By Next Level Physical Therapy

Seeking Thorough Treatment for RSIs

Repetitive strain injuries, also known as overuse injuries, are a common problem for many people, especially those who spend a lot of time at a computer or engage in repetitive motions at work or leisure activities. These injuries can be incredibly debilitating and cause great pain and discomfort, making it difficult to perform even the most basic tasks.

Physical therapy is an effective treatment for repetitive strain injuries. Physical therapy aims to reduce pain, improve mobility and flexibility, and strengthen the muscles, tendons, and joints to support proper movement and prevent further injury.

At Next Level Physical Therapy in Santa Clarita, California, we understand the importance of treating repetitive strain injuries effectively and efficiently. Contact us at (661) 219-7369 to schedule a consultation with one of our physical therapists. We'll work with you to evaluate your condition, discuss your symptoms and medical history, and develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs.

What are RSIs?

Physical therapy is a valuable treatment option for people suffering from repetitive strain injuries. Repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) result from overusing muscles, tendons, and nerves through repetitive movements. RSIs can cause pain, weakness, and swelling in the affected area and limitations in mobility, flexibility, and range of motion.

Physical therapy is a great way to manage the symptoms of RSIs. Physical therapists use a variety of treatments to help patients heal and reduce their pain. Physical therapy aims to restore mobility, flexibility, and range of motion to the affected area while also decreasing inflammation and swelling.

What are Common Treatments of RSIs?

One of the most common treatments for RSIs is a therapeutic exercise. Therapeutic exercises are specifically designed to strengthen weakened muscles and tendons and increase the range of motion. They help to reduce pain, improve flexibility, and increase mobility in the affected area. Therapeutic exercises are typically done in a controlled manner to avoid further injury or strain.

Another common treatment for RSIs is stretching. Stretching helps to reduce tension in the affected area and can help to improve flexibility and range of motion. Stretching can also be used to help reduce inflammation and swelling.

Other treatments used to treat RSIs include heat and cold therapies, massage, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation. Heat and cold therapies can be used to reduce inflammation and swelling. Massage therapy can help to reduce muscle tension and pain. Ultrasound and electrical stimulation can also reduce inflammation and improve mobility.

Addressing the Root Cause

Physical therapy can also be used to help address the underlying causes of RSIs. Physical therapists can help identify any poor posture, muscle imbalances, or biomechanical issues contributing to the condition. They can then work with the patient to correct these issues and help prevent further injury.

In addition to physical therapy, lifestyle modifications may also be necessary to help reduce the symptoms of RSIs. These include avoiding repetitive movements, taking breaks from activities, and using ergonomic tools and equipment.

How We Can Help

Our physical therapists will begin by assessing your injury and developing a personalized treatment plan to meet your individual goals. We may use various manual therapy techniques during the treatment, such as joint mobilization and soft tissue massage, to reduce pain and improve mobility. We may also use exercises to improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion. These exercises can help you build strength and stability in the affected area, which can help you prevent further injury and improve your overall performance.

Our physical therapy treatment aims to improve your range of motion, reduce pain and inflammation, and prevent the injury from happening again. We will also provide education on proper ergonomics and techniques to prevent the injury from reoccurring in the future while also addressing any other underlying issues that may have contributed to your injury. At Next Level Physical Therapy, we understand that every injury is different, and we strive to provide individualized treatment plans to meet the needs of each patient. Contact us today at (661) 219-7369 to schedule an appointment and start your journey to recovery.

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