Have you ever gotten a sore or stiff back after sitting slouched for a period of time? Or have you gotten sore wrists after typing all day? How about pain in you knee after a long day of walking? Or golfers or tennis elbow? All of these, and many more, are examples of Repetitive Stress Injuries.
As implied by the title, Repetitive Stress Injuries, or RSIs, are injuries sustained by your soft tissues like muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves, due to repeated or consistent stress. This includes injuries caused by repetitive tasks, regular forceful exertions, various sustained or awkward positions, and other cumulative physical trauma.
RSIs typically stem from occupational actions or regular leisure activities. They’re often associated with poor ergonomic positioning at a desk, repetitive motions for a job (e.g., scanning groceries), or consistent vibrations from tools (e.g., using power tools). RSIs associated with leisure activities can be tennis or golfer’s elbow, shoulder pain for a pitcher, knee pain for a runner, etc.
The good news is this: if caught early, RSIs can be effectively treated through physical therapy most of the time. Even if it’s not caught early, physical therapy can help alleviate ongoing pain and return some mobility to the painful area. As physical therapists, we’re not only trained to help alleviate pain, however—we’re also well-versed educating you on how to avoid the pain in the future.
Healing & alleviating pain from RSIs is about more than just fixing the injury—but educating you & helping train your body to avoid the same position or practice that brought on the pain in the first place. We can give you information on creating an ergonomically beneficial workspace, training your body to handle repetitive motion better, and help you fix poor form in those actions.
If you’re suffering from an RSI, address it now! Give Action Reaction Physical Therapy a call to talk about what treatment is needed & how to begin the path to healing.
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