The primary cause of the many conditions that come under the heading of RSI is currently believed to be muscle tension. For this reason the name Repetitive Strain Injury is no longer the favored term. New, and presumably less misleading terms are now used by professionals working in this field. Unfortunately, there does not appear to be an internationally agreed term as yet. Instead each country has a different name, with some of these being listed below.
Term used for RSI
|Worldwide||Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)|
|Scandinavia||Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs)|
|UK||Work Related Upper Limb Disorder (WRULD, ULD)|
|USA||Cumulative Trauma Disorder (CTD)|
|USA||Carpel Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)|
|New Zealand||Occupational Overuse Syndrome (OOS), Discomfort Pain & Injury (DPI)|
|Japan||Occupational Cervico-Brachial Disorder|
|Canada||Musculo-skeletal Injury (MSI)|
|The Netherlands||Muisarm (Mouse Arm)|
|Brazil||Lesao Esforco Repetitivo (LER) (repeated effort lesions)|
RSI is also often referred to as wrist/elbow strains or sprains.
Do you know of any other names used for RSI in your country? If so we'd be interested to hear from you.