Ordinary movements such as holding, gripping, lifting, bending, twisting, and reaching are not particularly harmful in our daily lives; however, what can make them hazardous is the continual repetition of the movements. Other factors include excessive force, awkward or poor postures, a fast pace of work without breaks, and stress. Over time these repetitive actions can affect the muscles, tendons, nerves, and joints resulting in pain, weakness, tingling, and numbness.
RSIs take time to develop, so it’s important to watch for the signs: pain, joint stiffness, swelling, redness of the affected area, numbness, and pins and needles sensations.
There are many medical conditions and injuries that can be classed as RSI. Some include:
Tips to help you prevent RSI, include understanding what’s causing it. Assess your work environment, hobbies, and general stress. Identify the symptoms involved.
Reducing the activity, taking regular breaks, rotating tasks and/or modifying tasks in your work and lifestyle, and incorporating therapeutic stretches or exercises can help relieve the symptoms of RSI.
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