Repitive Stress Injuries

Repetitive Stress Injury(RSI) refers to a wide variety of problems. An RSI will have an effect on nearly any movable a part of the human body.RSIs are associated with repetitive tasks, forceful exertions, vibrations, mechanical compression, and sustained or awkward positions.

Repetitive strain injury has been around since people first began repeating motions and carrying out manual labor.

Today, the main causes of RSI are manual labor, office work, and the use of modern technological devices. Examples include Blackberry thumb, iPod finger, PlayStation thumb, Rubik’s wrist or cuber’s thumb, stylus finger, raver’s wrist, and Emacs pinky.

Symptoms

  • Tenderness or pain within the affected muscle or joint
  • A throbbing or pulsating sensation in the affected area
  • Tingling, especially the hand or arm
  • Loss of sensation
  • Loss of strength

 

Causes

  • Overuse of a selected muscle or cluster of muscles
  • Vibrating equipment
  • Working in cold temperatures
  • Poor posture or a non-ergonomically designed workspace
  • Forceful activities
  • Holding the same posture for prolonged periods
  • Direct pressure to particular areas
  • Carrying heavy loads
  • Fatigue
  • Increased psychological stress has been shown to worsen RSI

 

Treatment

Types of treatment that are commonly used include:

Medication: Anti-inflammatory painkillers (such as aspirin or ibuprofen), muscle relaxants, and antidepressants may help. Sleeping tablets is also appropriate, if sleeping is affected.

Heat or cold: Applying heat packs or ice packs. Avoid excessive heat or applying ice on to the skin, as these can burn.

Splints: Some individuals use associate elastic support or splint.

Physical therapy: This Includes exercises, manual medical aid, bracing or splinting, and recommendation on adapting activities to deal with tasks or cut back the chance of worsening the injury.

Steroid injections: These are only suggested if there’s inflammation related to a particular medical condition, as they can have adverse effects.

Surgery: As a final resort, surgery will correct issues with specific tendons and nerves.