Injuries are not always something you are aware of at the time they happen. In fact, I would say that most injuries I see in my office are due to a repetitive motion someone is performing during normal daily activities or over a simple weekend of gardening. How many of you spent the last couple of weekends planting summer flowers or cleaning up the yard and felt so sore the next day. You could have damaged your tissues and without treatment this damage could lead to scarring and further trauma.
A Repetitive Stress Injury is a kind of catch all phrase for many conditions that I know you have all heard of before which include Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tenosynovitis / DeQuervain’s Syndrome, Tendonitis, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, and Chronic Sprain/Strain. All of these conditions are serious and in many cases can cause great pain and sometimes permanent disability.
Repetitive Stress Injuries occur from repetitive movements involving a specific set of muscles and joints. RSI injuries are the result of an accumulation of stress and strain that causes irritation, inflammation, and eventually pain or other disability.
Initially, RSI affects the soft tissues of the involved joint(s). Soft tissues include muscles, nerves, ligaments and tendons. However, if left untreated for long periods of time, the involved joint can become arthritic and form bone spurs resulting in permanent damage to the joint.
While various occupations ranging from house cleaners to construction workers develop RS’Is that result from the typical duties of their professions, the most frequent cause of these injuries involve computer work. The constant muscular demands of keyboarding and mousing combined with the postural stress of confinement in an office chair with one’s neck and back held in prolonged fixed positions has resulted in an epidemic of injuries. These injuries can include hand pain, wrist pain, arm pain, neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain.
Athletes can also experience repetitive stress injuries. Tennis elbow for example occurs from a constant repetitive swing of the racquet. Low back strain/sprains are very common in golfers due to the numerous amount of times one swings the club.
Chiropractic treatments including Graston Technique, ART, interferential current, and adjustments can help your tissues heal fast and regain the strength they need to help you feel your best!!! We’ve also seen our patients heal faster when we added massage and acupuncture treatments to their treatment plans.
Schedule your appointment today to help your body be in the best shape it can possibly be in all summer!!!
Here’s To Your Health,
Katanah Grossman DC,CCSP