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Finding the Help You Need
You will need to put together a team of people to help you, from your initial diagnosis and treatment, to maintaining your progress and positive state of mind. Look for people with experience and expertise about RSI -- or at least a willingness to listen and learn. And no matter how good someone may look on paper, if you aren't comfortable with them, keep looking.
RSI support groups can offer information about doctors, physical therapists, useful products and people who know and understand what you're going through. TIFAQ maintains a comprehensive list of RSI support groups.
There is detailed information on evaluating and selecting doctors and rehabilitation therapists in Chapter 2 of The Repetitive Strain Injury Recovery Book.
Many people have requested the names of physicians in their area who treat repetitive strain injury. One way to find a good doctor is to ask other people with RSI for a recommendation. Support groups often know of knowledgeable physicians. You may also contact:
The Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics
1010 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington DC 20005
AOEC has a list of occupational and environmental clinics near you. The clinic may direct you to doctors knowledgeable about RSI or support groups in your area.
Hand therapy is a subspecialty of occupational therapy and can be very useful for RSI. To find a therapist near you, click here.
Repetitive strain injury is not "all in your head" as some maintain, but it is useful to be able to discuss the emotional impact of RSI with someone who believes and understands you. More detailed information about the emotional aspects of injury can be found in Chapter 4 of The Repetitive Strain Injury Recovery Book.
Much as I wish I could offer a clearinghouse for psychotherapists who specialize in repetitive strain injury, I could not find any such listing. However, you can listen to an episode of RSI HELP RADIO to find out more about how to choose a psychotherapist.