Repetitive Stress Disorders
If you frequently use technological devices – like computer keyboards, tablets, cellular phones – or perform the same manual tasks frequently, putting a strain on muscles, nerves, ligaments or tendons, you could develop what is known as a repetitive stress disorder (RSI).
Types of RSIs
There are two types of RSIs. Type 1 is a musculoskeletal disorder with symptoms that include swelling and inflammation of specific muscles and tendons. Type 2, which is sometimes referred to as non-specific pain syndrome, causes no additional symptoms, just a general feeling of pain or discomfort.
RSIs can affect practically any movable part of your body, resulting in a wide variety of problems associated with repetitive tasks, forceful exertions, or physical stress from activities such as:
- The overuse of specific muscles
- Direct pressure to particular areas
- Carrying or lifting heavy loads
- Vibrating equipment
- Poor posture or a non-ergonomically designed workspace
- Holding the same position for prolonged periods of time
How do you know if you have a repetitive stress disorder? Symptoms include:
- Persistent pain or tenderness in a particular muscle or joint
- A throbbing or tingling sensation in the affected area, especially in your hand or arm
- A loss of strength or sensation in the affected area
At Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants in Crown Point, Indiana, our team of specialists can diagnose an RSI by conducting a physical examination and by asking you the sort of repetitious tasks you perform regularly, what activities cause you discomfort, and when the pain tends to occur.
Once we’ve determined the source and severity of your RSI, the types of treatment commonly recommended include:
- Anti-inflammatory painkillers, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or muscle relaxants
- Hot or cold compress
- Splinting or elastic support
- Steroid injections for specific inflammatory medical conditions
- Physical therapy (exercises, manual therapy)
- Surgery to correct problems affecting specific tendons or nerves
Relief for Repetitive Stress Disorders in Northwest Indiana
If you are experiencing pain or swelling as a result of repetitive motions, we can treat your injury to prevent further harm. Contact Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants today at (219) 662-2279 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced providers or use our online request form to set up an examination.