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Repetitive Stress Injuries

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Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) are a variety of muscular conditions that result from repeated motions performed in the course of normal work or other daily activities.

RSIs may be caused by overexertion, incorrect posture, muscle fatigue, compression of nerves or tissue, too many uninterrupted repetitions of an activity or motion, or friction caused by an unnatural or awkward motion such as twisting the arm or wrist.

Over time, these conditions can cause temporary or permanent damage to the soft tissues in the body such as the muscles, nerves, tendons, and ligaments. RSIs can occur in the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, and neck however, the hands and arms are most often affected.

Treatment for RSIs usually includes reducing or stopping the motions that cause symptoms. Splints may relieve pressure on the muscles and nerves. Other treatment options may include taking breaks to give the affected area time to rest, stretching and relaxation exercises, and applying ice to the affected area to help reduce pain and swelling.

Medication such as pain relievers, cortisone, and anti-inflammatory drugs may reduce pain and swelling. Physical therapy may relieve the soreness and pain in the muscles and joints. In rare cases, surgery may be required to relieve symptoms and prevent permanent damage.