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Repetitive Strain Injury Treatment | North Road Chiropractic

A repetitive strain injury, also known as repetitive stress injury, is a condition caused by overuse of the hands. Repetitive tasks such as typing, writing, or even clicking the mouse can cause damage over a period.

Types of Repetitive Strain Injury

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) can affect any part of the body. Here are some of the common types of RSI:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Carpal tunnel syndrome is when your median nerve compresses at your wrist. This can lead to numbness and tingling throughout the palms.

  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome: This involves pressure or stretching of the ulnar nerve, also known as the funny bone. This can cause numbness and tingling in the ring and middle fingers.

  • Bursitis: Bursae are fluid filled sacs found at the joints of your body that act as cushions for the joints. Bursitis occurs when these sacs become inflamed. Inflamed bursae can cause extreme pain in the joints, and also restrict mobility of the affected joints.

  • Gamekeeper’s Thumb: Gamekeeper’s thumb, also known as skier’s thumb, is a condition caused by injury of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) of the thumb.

  • Writer’s Cramp: Writer’s cramp, also known as hand dystonia, is a condition caused by cramps and spasms of muscles of the hand.

  • Wrist Tendinitis: Wrist tendinitis is a medical condition where inflammation of a tendon or tendons occurs in the wrist as a result of damaged due to overuse. This condition is often seen in sports persons.

  • Ganglion cyst: Ganglion cysts are non-cancerous lumps that contain a jelly-like fluid, and often appear near the tendons of hands, wrists and sometimes at ankles too.

  • Rotator cuff tendinitis: Rotator cuff tendinitis refers to the inflammation and irritation of the tendons in the shoulder. It is also known as am impingement syndrome. Athletes who repetitively lift their arms above their heads often suffer from this condition.

Treatment for Repetitive Strain Injury

With the right attention and care given, RSI can be treated without much difficulty. Let’s see some of the ways that would help cure RSI:

  • Rest: Once diagnosed, be sure you give enough rest to the affected part of the body.

  • Exercises: Every exercise many not suit this condition. Thus, carry out exercises only with the guidance of a professional.

  • Use a splint: Tying the affected area to a splint can help the area restrict its mobility, thus giving the rest it requires.

  • Steroid injection: Some doctors suggest steroid injections, which is given to reduce inflammation and give pain.

  • Surgery: At times, surgery is also suggested if the condition is severe.

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