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.
- 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.
- Stiff or tight muscles in hands, wrists, fingers, forearms, elbows or shoulders.
- Tingling and/ or coldness in hands.
- Loss of coordination in hands.
- Loss of strength
- 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.
- Immobilization of the affected area
- Apple ice to the affected areas