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The many names for RSI

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.

Country

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
Finland Muscle-Tendon Syndrome
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.