Question: I am writing a report about RSI for my health course at college and I’m wondering if anyone knows of any vaguely academic articles written about RSI. I’m especially interested in the issue of RSI as an “illegitimate” illness i.e. not recognized – and the impact this has on people living with RSI. I’d also be interested to know what people on the list think about this , how it affects you, personal experiences etc.
Also thanks to everyone who responded to my posting when I was not coping with my RSI. I’m feeling mentally a bit better now, persevering with college and have just got my appointment for the pain management centre at St Thomas’s.
Answer 1: When writing about RSI you have to be careful about what you mean by the term ‘RSI’. Do you mean RSI the umbrella term for the collection of conditions including: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tennis Elbow, Tenosynovitis, Tendinitis, Bursitis, Thoracic outlet syndrome, Cubital tunnel syndrome etc in which case you cannot really say it is not recognized, as most doctors recognize these conditions. In this case, RSI itself, is not, strictly, a medical condition.
Or do you mean ‘diffuse RSI’ – multiple areas of diffuse pain in the muscles and other soft tissues? This is the condition some doctors have problems with.
Answer 2: I was lent a copy of a research article or draft mini-thesis not sure exactly what by Joyce E. Canaan at the School of Sociology, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, University of Central England, Perry Barr, Birmingham B42 2SU. It was called ‘In the Hand or In the Head? Exploring the Process of getting RSI”. I don’t think it’s that recent – ie it reads as though it was written around 1996. But why not write to her and see what. It certainly seems as if what she is writing about fits with what you want.
Personally, no-one I’ve ever been to see in the medical line, including my GP, has ever thought I had an illegitimate illness or not taken it seriously or thought it was not real. My probs began seriously in 94. Maybe I’m lucky. But it must be getting less, for people with RSI to have their condition dismissed.
Answer 3: I deal with RSI daily. In my roll as a Safety Advisor, we deal with ergonomic evaluations in the hopes of preventing this affliction. It is my personal opinion that RSI can be totally prevented if workers were made aware of its causes and prevention. This could be part of the reason for the controversy.