What Are Repetitive Stress Injuries?

Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) happen stress is placed on a part of the body all the time which results in pain, inflammation and swelling. Muscle strain and tissue damage may also happen in sever cases. Injury occurs from constantly repeating the same activities and motion over a long period.

RSIs may be work injuries, gaming injuries, computer or keyboard related or as a result of sports.

RSIs mostly affect adults. But many teens are getting them because of the time they spend using computers, smart phones and gaming consoles. Sports related RSI’s happen in tennis, volley ball and archery but are mostly called “overuse” injuries. Teenagers who practice playing musical instruments are also at risk for getting RSIs.

There are more than 100 different RSI related injuries resulting in pain, injury and lost time from work, school and play. RSI injuries vary greatly from person to person causing many different types of symptoms and problems with the most common areas being affected being the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, knees, ankles and heels.

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What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a median nerve impingement. The median nerve runs between palm and the forearm and gets pinched in the wrist. It controls the thumb and fingers on the palm side except the little finger. The median nerve passes through the carpal tunnel at the base of the hand. When the tendons are swollen or irritated the median nerve gets compressed causing pain, numbness and or weakness radiating into the arm from the wrist. It’s a entrapment neuropathies that causes the pain. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common form of peripheral nerve are compression or trauma.

Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms:
If you notice burning, numbness or tingling of the palm, hand and/or fingers. The most common location is the thumb, index and middle fingers. Your fingers may feel useless, swollen and stiff even though swelling is not apparent. When the symptoms typically appear during the night and can be in either in one or both hands. You may wake up wanting to “shake out” your wrist or hand. As the symptoms get worse, you will feel tingling and numbness during the day accompanied with decreased grip strength. You will find it difficult to make a fist, grab smaller objects or do many manual activities. Left untreated the muscles at the base of your thumb start to atrophy and waste away and you may not be able to fell hot and cold.