There are many things that can cause repetitive stress injury. It's been found that the particular reason is very much dependent upon the kind of harm or injury sustained. In a lot of cases, medical professionals have to determine the true cause to decide on the ideal course of action in regard to the treatments.
Repetitive strain injury (RSI), also known as Cumulative Trauma Disorder, occupational overuse syndrome, or work related upper limb disorder, is the most recent manifestation of illness concepts that link use of the arm to injury or disease. The basis for this illness concept is the idea that one can overuse a tool, such as a computer keyboard or musical instrument in a way that causes tissue damage leading to pain.
Repetitive movements are one of the most prevalent reasons for RSI to occur. It has been shown that some activities, if done repeatedly over time can end up with a level of trauma. This trauma can then end up with that area of the body being injured. A lot of people think that if they exercise that area vigorously it will help. Unfortunately, this is not the case, as any kind of pressure or length of time can end up with injury.
Trauma is the level of discomfort to a certain part of the body; basic trauma is a leading cause for repetitive stress injuries. When the body experiences this basic trauma it will start to weaken and when it does so the tissue, joints, and muscles may start to break down or they might become inflamed. This weakening can cause greater amounts of pain than the weakening itself. Some of this pain can be due to the repair process which is when the weakened body parts try to rebuild itself. There are cases in which too much of the tissue, joint or muscle is built back up which will lead to limited mobility in the range of the body.
Inadequate Ergonomic Designs
Another leading cause for repetitive stress injuries is poor ergonomics. Repetitive stress injuries are likely to occur when we use our body in such a way that does not use ergonomics to our advantage. Using poor ergonomics can force the body to move in such a way that puts unneeded pressure and tension on certain areas of the body that are used for movement, it can also have adverse effects on circulation, uses wrong muscles and also puts the bones in uncomfortable positions. To avoid repetitive stress injuries, it is quite important that you familiarize yourself with proper ergonomic procedures.
As has been shown repetitive stress injuries can come from many causes. Other factors should also be considered as contributing to stress in all cases. Being overweight or pregnant or having high stress levels in general can certainly take a toll on certain joints. Once you have been diagnosed with repetitive stress injury, all of these factors must be taken into consideration before the most effective course of treatment can be prescribed by your doctor.
One of the most common causes of RSI is simply improper workstation setup. From your keyboard and mouse to your chair and workstation, it's all designed to fit an "average" person. Trouble is, few people are "average." If you're ready to move up from one-size-fits-all solutions, visit Ergonomic Resources today!
Published December 9th, 2008