Repetitive motions (largely involving improper movement techniques and sheer overuse of body parts) gradually increase damage to muscles, nerves and tendons and these damages are known as Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI).
Forceful exertions, vibrations and compressions are also responsible for RSI, which involves many painful conditions such as trigger fingers, nerve spasm and carpel tunnel syndrome. Stiffness, swelling, tingling, weakness, numbness and in some cases irreversible nerve injury resulting in limitation of the working capacity are also common outcomes.
Workers in many jobs are at a high risk for repetitive stress injury. Even continuous clicking of the mouse can cause RSI. RSI results in early fatigue, loss of concentration, lowering of efficiency and endurance, medical complications and loss of productivity.
The severe injuries associated with RSI are soft tissue tears, ligament and tendon disorders, degenerative bone diseases, bursitis and nerve damage. Further, any extra stress on those nerves and tendons lead to permanent damage. Victims of full-blown RSI cannot even wash their hands or hold a sheet of paper without experiencing pain.
Taking painkillers is never advisable as you should cure the problem not the symptom. Refrain from gym and weight training and massage.The risk of developing an RSI can be lowered by reducing repetitive movements, awkward body posture and exertion of high force. One can take the help of occupational therapy in such cases.
If you develop RSI you should never deny your condition. Taking painkillers is never advisable as you should cure the problem not the symptom. Refrain from gym and weight training and massage. Also do not think that taking a vacation will cure the pain. Instead you should take rest breaks, do postural training, practice good body mechanics and exercise at work (essentially stretch).
RSI may be worse than you think. So prevent it before it causes permanent damage.
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