Top RSI Doctors

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Top RSI Doctors

Research Strategy:

  • In order to identify Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI) expert clinician-researchers, we used PubMed and Google Scholar to identify RSI published clinical studies. Most of the studies were reported as review articles or narrative reviews. Given the preference of this research was localized to the specified zip code (94709), which is based in Berkeley, CA; we prioritized clinicians practicing in the California region. We used the filters to screen the studies in which the affiliations are listed in the given city/state. In addition, we narrowed our search for California affiliations and then Berkeley affiliations. Unfortunately, we could not identify clinicians in the Berkeley, CA region. Using the stated strategy, we were only able to pin-point one clinician in the California region. Further, our research indicated that RSI specifically of hand was not directly available; the only two studies were reported by Dr. Tony T. Wong, and Dr. Gail A Shafer-Crane. Hence, in this research, we also included the top clinicians from other university hospitals nationwide. We compiled our findings in the attached spreadsheet.
  • We even created a metric to evaluate RSI subject expert by examining if the researcher (i) has an M.D. degree; (ii) has published a clinical trial, or systematic review/meta-analysis, or narrative review; or (ii) if the clinician is a first author or senior author in the published study. The only exception is Dr. Gail A Shafer-Cran who is an exceptional board-certified Occupational Therapist who treats patients with RSI, has a Ph.D. degree, but does not hold an M.D. degree. Dr. Gail's research was highly relevant to RSI, hence her profile has been included in the spreadsheet.
  • RSI is a common condition that encompasses many forms of injuries associated with excessive repetitive activity or overuse. The RSI spectrum ranges from carpal tunnel syndrome to tendonitis.
  • Our research indicated that RSI has now faced a demise in the USA, due to which publications in this area are rather scarce in the past ten years. It is also because various RSI conditions have now been re-classified into either site-based injuries (example elbow injuries in overhead athletes) or occupational-based injuries such as Tennis-overuse injuries (TOI) which is an example of RSI. A recent publication on TOI has also been included in the attached spreadsheet.
  • In the attached spreadsheet, we covered a list of five clinicians/researchers who are considered subject experts on Repetitive Stress Injuries, having publications in (peer-reviewed) impact factor journals. We also provide their practicing address, university affiliations, years of practice, number of publications, types of publications, additional information, and relevant sources.

Additional Relevant Information:

Additional Centers based out of California that treat RSI include:
  • Allied Pain and Spine Institute: Locations are based in San Jose/Blossom Hill, Los Gatos, Mountain View, and Morgan Hill. The center's multidisciplinary team of clinicians can be accessed on this page.
Additional studies that did not directly state RSI, but associated with 'Overuse Injuries' include:
  • 1. Wilder RP, Sethi S. Overuse injuries: tendinopathies, stress fractures, compartment syndrome, and shin splints. Clinics in sports medicine. 2004 Jan 1;23(1):55-81.
  • 2. Wu M, Fallon R, Heyworth BE. Overuse injuries in the pediatric population. Sports medicine and arthroscopy review. 2016 Dec 1;24(4):150-8.
  • 3. Chung KC, Lark ME. Upper extremity injuries in tennis players: diagnosis, treatment, and management. Hand clinics. 2017 Feb;33(1):175.
  • 4. Bell DR, Post EG, Biese K, Bay C, McLeod TV. Sport specialization and risk of overuse injuries: a systematic review with meta-analysis. Pediatrics. 2018 Sep 1;142(3).
  • 5. Zaremski JL, Zeppieri Jr G, Tripp BL. Sport specialization and overuse injuries in adolescent throwing athletes: a narrative review. Journal of athletic training. 2019 Oct;54(10):1030-9.

Future Directions:

Given that research related to 'repetitive stress injuries of the hands' was scarce. For future research, we suggest searching for "overuse injuries of the hand (or upper extremities)," and then identifying first and senior authors who are clinicians practicing in the state of California, preferably in Berkeley, CA. We believe that the aforementioned strategy would rather reveal more meaningful results.

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