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Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

Repetitive strain injury occurs when muscles and/or nerves become inflamed or irritated. It is caused by performing repetitive motions, using excessive force or using extreme movements.

Causes:

  • Repetitive tasks - Small, rapid movements that are repeated over and over without proper breaks for resting (e.g.: typing, moving the mouse).
  • Awkward sitting or standing positions - Working in an awkward position or not moving regularly.
  • Moving heavy objects - Using force or moving heavy loads.

Symptoms:

  • Stiff or tight muscles in hands, wrists, fingers, forearms, elbows or shoulders.
  • Tingling and/ or coldness in hands.
  • Loss of coordination in hands.
  • Pain
  • Loss of strength
  • Swelling

Prevention:

  • Make sure your work station is comfortable.
  • Take regular breaks before pain or discomfort develops.
  • Take time to gently stretch and exercise during those breaks.
  • Limit mouse usage.
  • Observe your sleeping position. Don't curl up your wrists or put your arm under your head when sleeping on your side.

Solutions:

  • Rest
  • Immobilization of the affected area
  • Apple ice to the affected areas