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Repetitive strain injuries RSI are a category of injuries involving damage to muscles tendons and nerves caused by overuse or misuse Any combination of the following things can lead to the overuse of some part of your body Repetitive tasks Small rapid movements andor tasks that are repeated over and over again Awkward or fixed postures Working in an awkward position or retain the same position for a long time Forceful movements Using strength or moving extreme loads to complete tasks Insufficient rest time No time to relax during the above activities The most common body parts affected by Repetitive strain injuries are the fingers hands wrists elbows arms shoulders back and neck Other areas can be affected as well Computer users suffer mostly from repetitive strain injuries to the hand wrist and arm The symptoms of RSI include 1 aching 2 tenderness 3 swelling 4 pain 5 crackling 6 tingling 7 numbness 8 loss of strength 9 loss of joint movement and 10 decreased coordination in the injured area The key to RSI management is to remove an individual from the exposure that causes injury Occasionally a physician will prescribe a medication to help reduce inflammation and pain Regular follow-up visits with your health care provider should be scheduled to monitor your progress People with more severe forms of Repetitive strain injuries may be referred by their medical provider to an occupational therapist who can do further evaluation and recommend a program of localized treatments stretches and exercises If symptoms are allowed to progress a person with RSI can have protracted or chronic symptoms However RSI can be prevented Repetitive strain injury affects both men and women In 2003 25 percent of women and 22 percent of men has or experienced RSI It is very common Over half of women and one fourth of men in our population stated they experienced RSI but never sought medical treatment It is
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