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Treating Repetitive Strains

If you’ve been working the same job for decades, the chances are good that you’ve developed a repetitive injury. These differ from injuries that come from fast accidents, like a car accident or an injury caused all at once. Repetitive injuries come from the slow build up of time. But, just because they creep up slowly doesn’t mean that they don’t hurt or impact what you’re able to do. Keep reading to learn more about repetitive stress injuries.

What is a repetitive strain injury?

The term “repetitive strain injury” refers to a wide variety of problems that can occur throughout the body. Unfortunately, an RSI can affect almost any movable part of the human body. The parts most likely to be affected will be the parts that experience the same movements over and over again.

The main causes of RSI that we often see come from manual labor, sports, office work, and the use of cellphones or other technology. There are many different kinds of repetitive strains, and there are numerous effective ways of treating and preventing them in people of all ages.

Though you may think of repetitive strains being linked to technology (like the infamous carpal tunnel syndrome), it’s not the only thing that can cause them. Granted, technology has led to more repetitive injuries being reported in recent years. Proper placement of your hands and ergonomics are so important in the workplace, so please do your research and set yourself up for long term health.

Repetitive tasks, vibrating machinery, forceful exertions, and sustained or awkward positions can all cause repetitive strain injuries. If you’ve been doing research, you could find this injury named as repetitive motion injuries, occupational overuse syndrome, repetitive motion disorder (RMD), cumulative trauma disorder (CTD), and regional musculoskeletal disorder.

If you experience any of the below symptoms, please schedule an appointment with your physician to learn more. You may have repetitive strain injury if you have:

  • tingling in the arm or hand
  • numbness
  • loss of strength
  • a throbbing feeling

Call us today at 928.537.6381 to schedule a consultation. We would love to talk to you more about your injury and how we can help you treat it.

Posted in: Common Injuries, Orthopedic Care Services

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