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Repetitive strain injury in computer keyboard users: pathomechanics and treatment principles in individual and group intervention.
West Side Dance Physical Therapy, New York, New York 10023, USA.
Computer users experience high rates of injury and disability, broadly termed repetitive strain injury (RSI). With more than 60 million Americans using computers in offices and homes, the potential magnitude of the RSI problem indicates a need for increased attention to prevention and treatment. The purpose of this article is to: 1) present a conceptual model of RSI as a kinetic-chain, multifactorial disorder; 2) outline the salient features of the clinical evaluation of the RSI patient; 3) describe the role of postural deviation in the pathogenesis of RSI; 4) present the principles of individual manual therapy; and 5) discuss the rationale, admission criteria, educational principles, and outcome of a multidisciplinary group intervention.