How to prevent the occurrence of Repetitive Stress Injury
September 15, 2020
September 15, 2020
Experiencing a tingling feeling in your wrist or stiffness in your neck? Don’t ignore it! You may be suffering from a Repetitive Stress Injury.
One of the biggest challenges to our health today is the amount of time we spend on activities that cause strain on our bodies. From staying slumped over the desk for long hours to engaging in high-intensity activity, repeated use of the same movement causes inflammation and damage to muscles, nerves and tendons in the body.
The number of Indians suffering from Repetitive Stress Injury, also referred to as Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), is on the rise today. One study by RECOUP, a Bangalore-based Neuromusculoskeletal Rehabilitation Centre, reveals that up to 75% of population working in the IT, BPOs and the call centre industry are at risk and are exhibiting symptoms of RSI.
Tiny tears in the muscle or tendon tissue are routine but any pain or damage caused is usually healed with rest. However, without rest, the structure of the muscle or tendon is impacted.
When the muscles are damaged or become tight due to overuse, the nerves that run through can also become inflamed and sore. Over time, this impacts posture and movement, leading to joint pain and stiffness.
Common symptoms of RSI are:
These are well-defined conditions that can be diagnosed easily, due to the availability of measurable evidence. Examples of Type 1 repetitive stress injuries include:
A hand and arm condition caused by a pinched nerve in your wrist, it manifests through numbness and tingling in the affected area. It impacts wrist and hand movement.
This is an inflammation or irritation of a tendon – a thick cord that attaches bone to muscle. It can occur in almost any area of the body, but is most commonly found at the base of the thumb, elbow, shoulder, hip and knee. Tendonitis of the shoulder is known to occur among office-goers who carry heavy laptop bags and walk long distances.
Another type of tendon injury that causes inflammation of the tendon lining. Symptoms include joint stiffness and swelling of the affected area.
Small fluid-filled sacs called bursae cushion the bones, tendons, and muscles near the joints. Bursitis occurs when bursae become inflamed. Common symptoms include pain, tenderness and decreased range of motion over the affected area.
Also known as Diffuse RSI or non-specific pain syndrome, these are limb disorders that are more difficult to diagnose and treat, as they do not provide clear measurable evidence such as swelling, deformation, dysfunction, etc.
Poor posture, poor exercise technique and overuse are the three main causes of repetitive stress injuries, so these tips can help prevent it:
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