Occupational overuse syndrome is an umbrella term for a range of conditions which cause discomfort or persistent pain in muscles, joints, tendons, nerves and soft tissues. Occupational Overuse Syndrome (OOS) was previously referred to as Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) and is increasingly being referred to as Gradual Process Injury (GPI). An occupational overuse syndrome is called a disease of the “modern era” as it is usually caused by direct relation to an individual’s profession (Tiric-Campara et al., 2014).
Mainly in: elbows, wrists and fingers and then as a chain reaction developing pain in the shoulder
These conditions develop as the result of a number of factors such as repetitive movement, constant muscle contraction or straining, forceful movements and constricted postures.
Management of this condition is complex and multifactorial. Physiotherapy will aim to strengthen weak muscle, mobilise muscle and neural tissue, and modify aggravating activities.
Tiric-Campara M. et al., 2014, Occupational Overuse Syndrome (technological disease): carpal tunnel syndrome, a mouse shoulder, cervical pain syndrome, Acta Informatica Medica, 22(5); pp: 333-340