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The repetitive strain injury handbook : an 8-step recovery and prevention plan
Simon, Robert M., M.D.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt, 2000.
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244 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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"An Owl book."
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RD97.6 .S56 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
RD97.6 .S56 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
RD97.6 .S56 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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A proven recovery plan for the over 8 million sufferers of repetitive strain injury, and a guide for the prevention of future injuries.
Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a painful, potentially disabling condition that most commonly stems from damage to the upper torso. Long-term misuse or overuse of everyday tools like computers and cash registers results in the painful hands, arms, and neck that are symptomatic of RSI, a condition whose incidence has increased 80 percent in this country since 1990.
The Repetitive Strain Injury Handbook is a unique, user-friendly guide that is broken into two parts: (1) the 8-step recovery plan and (2) an RSI prevention guide. The 8-step plan moves RSI sufferers beyond the common denial of this ailment and into a diagnosis and treatment plan with a doctor. It provides:
o Nutrition advice
o An exercise program
o Breathing tips
o Traditional and alternative pain management suggestions
o A holistic maintenance plan for long-term health
The second section is filled with suggestions, stories, and tips for RSI sufferers that will help them live pain-free at home, at work, and in their social and intimate lives. There is also a special section of information on women and RSI, since pregnancy, PMS, osteoporosis, mastectomy, and menopause can all aggravate this condition.

Author Notes

Robert M. Simon, M.D., is a physiatrist with a private practice who teaches rehabilitation medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, where he lives and works.
Ruth Aleskovsky is a writer and former sign language interpreter who lives in New York City.

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Booklist Review

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is an umbrella term designating a cumulative condition. Physician Simon and patient Aleskovsky's useful book on RSI includes understandable science, practical observations, and advice for those reporting this increasingly common complaint. It presents the many types of RSI, discusses factors contributing to it, weighs the many varieties of RSI treatment, and counsels what to do if one suspects having it. Simon and Aleskovsky urge sufferers to seek professional help early because delay can compound the problems of treatment and a patient's adjustment to possible altered living conditions. They also lay out an eight-step program; emphasize the right kinds of exercise, nutrition, and rest for dealing with RSI; and include discussions of RSI and women, rearranging home and office to deal with RSI, and overcoming RSI-related social problems. --William Beatty

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Part I The Eight-Step Recovery Planp. 3
Introductionp. 5
1 What Is Repetitive Strain Injury?p. 14
2 Step 1 Get an Early Diagnosisp. 38
3 Step 2 Develop Your Treatment Planp. 60
4 Step 3 Take a Deep Breathp. 71
5 Step 4 Walk Off Your RSIp. 79
6 Step 5 Create Your RSI Nutrition Planp. 93
7 Step 6 Practice Safe and Easy Yoga for RSIp. 115
8 Step 7 Follow Your Personal RSI Exercise Programp. 130
9 Step 8 Manage Your Painp. 144
Part II Special Concerns--Women, Office Ergonomics, Housework, and Intimacyp. 171
Introductionp. 173
10 Women and RSIp. 175
11 The Ergonomics of Living: Setting Up Your Home and Officep. 188
12 RSI and Your Social Lifep. 205
Conclusionp. 216
Reading Listp. 217
Internet Resourcesp. 218
Organizations, Government Agencies, Libraries, and Newslettersp. 222
Catalogsp. 226
Indexp. 229