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How To Identify Repetitive Strain Injury

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Repetitive strain injury (or RSI) is an umbrella term that covers a variety of injuries of the hands, arms and shoulders, caused by repetitive movement. Any activity that involves constant repetitive motions can cause RSI – including prolonged use of a computer keyboard.
Some examples are carpal tunnel syndrome (compression of the nerve within the wrist), and tenosynovitis (inflammation of a sheath that covers a tendon).
RSI can strike anyone who does work that requires excessive hand movement, such as assembly-line workers, musicians, writers, food packers and processors.
RSI usually starts with a tingling in, or numbness of the affected part of the hand, wrist, arm or shoulder. Or a slight pain that goes away at night but returns when the repetitive motions begin again.
If nothing is done, the pain gets worse until it prevents virtually all use of the hand, wrist, arm, or shoulder. This aggravated condition may last for months.
If you suspect you have RSI, seek medical advice immediately.


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