Drinking through the pain

Pub goer develops RSI while hoisting pints

May 1, 2002 - A Manchester University phsychology student is apparently suffering repetitive strain injury -- most commonly called RSI -- caused by continuously lifting his pint glass at the local pub.


"Matt (Royle) is the first person I have ever seen in my career with RSI caused by drinking beer," Specialist physiotherapist Jan Davison told the Oldham Chronicle newspaper. RSI occurs when a tendon becomes inflamed after continuous repetitive movement, commonly caused by racket sports, video games and computer keyboard use.

In Royle's case, he visits his Fallowfield local four nights a week and drinks six pints each session. After 10 months of pain in his right hand, he could barely hold a glass. He said: "Everyone was laughing at me as I couldn't hold my pint glass properly. It was so painful. A woman standing at the bar overheard and said she was a physiotherapist and might be able to help."

Tests showed he has RSI.

Royle was worried the injury would conflict with his plans to enjoy a few pints while watching World Cup soccer on television. But Mobilis, a low health-care group, wrapped his wrist with Vulkan. Mobilis also donated a box of Vulkans to Matt and his friends just in case any more of them are stricken with RSI during the World Cup.

Managing director Tony Kinsella said: "As long as they take the correct precautions, there is no reason why they shouldn't be able to carry on drinking right the way through the World Cup despite any injuries they may pick up on the way."