Repetitive Strain Injury
Have you ever been at work and felt a pain in your neck? Or maybe in your forearm or wrist? These are all signs of repetitive strain injuries. These injuries are a result of overuse from repeated motions. These injuries can be caused by any type of repetitive activity such as typing on your computer for long periods of time or performing certain tasks over and over again with your hands.
It’s easy to dismiss RSI as a minor issue. But it’s important to recognize that these conditions can worsen significantly and last for years if left untreated. Treating a repetitive strain injury early enough could save you from serious health problems later in life. Watch the full video on how you can spot repetitive strain injury:
Many people notice the increased pain, the more and more they do that repetitive activity. And every time you do it, the pain increases. And the problem is that it really never improves until you stop that activity.
Inflammation not only causes pain but can lead to internal damage as well. You might experience a swelling sensation around the joints as they’re constantly being stressed. The inflammation comes from a release of inflammatory cells that are designed to heal the damage.
The only problem is that if the injury is caused by overuse and that damage is constant. So that inflammation then becomes chronic tender joints.
Another symptom RSI can also lead to tender joints. Oftentimes this joint pain will worsen with movement of these targeted areas because those joints are stretched.
Repetitive strain injuries can cause numbness in the fingers and a tingling sensation in those areas. The repetitive stress injury causes pressure on the nerves that pass through the joints. And when that nerve function is compromised, numbness happens. (Check out the solution to tingling senation and numbness.)
One of the most noticeable symptoms is how much less force your hand can exert on things. It could be as simple as picking up a pencil or squeezing something in between two fingers. When the muscle is chronically injured, it is weaker.
Understanding these symptoms will help you get the help you need to feel better and be healthier. If you’re suffering from any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your family chiropractor to get the problem evaluated.
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