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The Neurogenic Hypothesis of RSI

CollectionsANU National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH)
Title: The Neurogenic Hypothesis of RSI
Author(s): Quinter, John
Elvey, Robert
Bammer, Gabriele
Keywords: RSI
neurogenic hypothesis
repetition strain injury
upper limb
Publisher: Canberra, ACT : National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH), The Australian National University
Series/Report no.: Discussion Papers on the Pathology of Work-Related Neck and Upper Limb Disorders and the Implications for Diagnosis and Treatment: Working paper :no. 24
The upsurge in cases of a syndrome known as repetition strain injury (RSI) or occupational overuse syndrome COOS) in the 1980s highlighted lack of precision in the medical diagnosis of work-related neck and upper limb disorders. 80,81 Exemplifying the prevailing ignorance, Ferguson 37 stated that 'the majority of cases of repetition strain injury are not localised syndromes, but of a more diffuse disorder, apparently of muscles ... and ... little is known of its aetiology, pathogenesis and pathology ... nor, if when established, why it appears to persist despite prolonged rest of the patient.'


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