Since computers and smartphones became more readily available and affordable, there has been a change in the way many jobs are performed. Instead of having to physically write, move, file, or lift papers and other objects, everything is handled on a computer or phone. But while this is convenient, it has increased the risk of repetitive strain injury, or RSI. It is important for those who regularly work at a computer to keep reading and find out more about this condition.
What is a Repetitive Strain Injury?
This condition refers to the damage done to the muscles, bones, and joints from repetitive (or static) movement. It most commonly occurs in the elbows, wrists, and hands. Sometimes it happens in the lower extremities as well.
How is This Condition Diagnosed?
To determine whether or not a person has a repetitive strain injury, a doctor might ask them to perform several physical tests, such as squeezing an object or moving in a certain direction. The grip, strength, and coordination of the affected area(s) are all observed. X-rays may be taken.
What are the Symptoms?
The most common symptom that a person with a repetitive strain injury experiences is pain. It might come and go at first. Then it worsens over time, especially if the movement that is causing the strain doesn’t stop. If the nerves are damaged or constricted, then tingling will begin too. Resulting muscle damage will make the affected area weak.
What Treatment Options are Available?
Luckily, if a person seeks medical help in time, this condition can be reversed. It is important to go to a quality care facility. Oriole Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Centre in Ontario specializes in all of the latest treatment options for Repetitive Strain Injury. We can also recommend some ways to improve your work environment to make it less damaging to the body. If you or someone you know might be struggling with this condition, call us today at (416) 221-0772 to make an appointment with one of our trained physicians and therapists.