Does RSI go by any other name?

Yes. Occupational health specialists use other terms to describe these conditions, such as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), upper limb disorders (ULDs), work-related upper limb disorders (WRULDs), Occupational Overuse Syndrome and Cumulative Trauma Disorders.

RSI can damage particular parts of the body, and each has its own medical name. Examples include:

  • carpal tunnel syndrome;
  • cellulitis;
  • epicondylitis (e.g. 'tennis elbow' when occurring in the elbow joint);
  • shoulder capsulitis;
  • tendonitis;
  • tenosynovitis;
  • cervical spondylosis; and
  • tension neck.

hand and arm conditions

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