What is Repetitive Strain Injury?
This refers to injuries sustained from repeated use of same movements over a prolonged period, resulting in soft tissue damage. It is more common in the upper limbs (shoulder, arm, elbow, forearm, wrist, and hand, including the fingers).
Can physiotherapy help people with repetitive strain injuries?
Yes. Physiotherapy is very effective in the treatment of repetitive strain, particularly when you present early for physiotherapy treatment. People with chronic repetitive strain injuries take longer to recover compared to those who start treatment early.
What are the common causes of repetitive strain injuries?
The use of modern technological devices e.g. computer use
Repeated use of the arm for a prolonged period
Working with equipment that doesn’t fit your body
Working too fast
Poor posture or a non-ergonomically designed workstation
Not having enough recovery breaks
Holding your muscles in the same position for a long time
Lack of training in the safest way to carry out a task
Lack of variety in the type of work you do
Prolonged exposure to cold and vibration
What are the symptoms of repetitive strain injuries?
Burning, aching or shooting pain.
Loss of sensation
Tremors, clumsiness and numbness
Throbbing or pulsating sensation in the affected area
Loss of strength
Difficulty with normal activities like opening doors, chopping vegetables, turning on a tap
Hands are always cold, particularly the fingertips
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