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Repetitive Strain Injuries

Pain Medicine & Physical Rehabilitation Specialists located in Orange, CA

Repetitive Strain Injuries
Repetitive Strain Injuries services offered in Orange, CA

At InnovateMed Medical Group, we understand the impact that repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) can have on your daily life and overall well-being. This content  aims to provide you with a comprehensive overview of RSIs, including their causes, symptoms, prevention, and available treatment options.

If you suspect you may be experiencing symptoms of an RSI, we encourage you to consult with our experienced healthcare professionals for an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.

Repetitive Strain Injuries Q&A

What are Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs)?

Repetitive strain injuries are musculoskeletal disorders caused by repetitive movements, overuse, or prolonged poor posture. RSIs commonly affect the muscles, tendons, nerves, and other soft tissues in the hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, neck, and upper back. Examples of RSIs include carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, and tendonitis.

What are the Causes of RSIs?

RSIs can develop due to various factors, including:

  • Repetitive motions: Engaging in repetitive activities or tasks that involve the same movements over and over again can strain the affected muscles and tendons.
  • Forceful exertions: Performing activities that require excessive force or exertion can contribute to RSIs.
  • Awkward postures: Maintaining unnatural or awkward positions for extended periods can put strain on the muscles, tendons, and joints.
  • Insufficient rest and recovery: Inadequate breaks and insufficient time for rest and recovery can increase the risk of developing RSIs.
  • Poor ergonomics: Improper workstation setup, inadequate equipment, and improper body mechanics can contribute to the development of RSIs.

What are the Symptoms of RSIs?

The symptoms of RSIs may vary depending on the specific condition and affected area, but common signs include:

  • Pain or tenderness in the affected area
  • Stiffness or reduced range of motion (ROM)
  • Weakness or loss of strength
  • Tingling, numbness, or a "pins and needles" sensation
  • Swelling or inflammation
  • Difficulty performing everyday tasks or activities related to the affected area

What are the Possible Ways to Prevent  RSIs?

Preventing RSIs is crucial for maintaining overall musculoskeletal health. Consider the following preventive measures:

  • Maintain good posture: Ensure proper alignment of the spine and joints during activities, and use ergonomic chairs and equipment that support a neutral position.
  • Take breaks: Frequent breaks and micro-pauses during repetitive tasks allow for rest and recovery.
  • Stretch and exercise: Perform stretching exercises to improve flexibility and engage in regular strengthening exercises to support the muscles and tendons.
  • Use proper technique: Learn and apply correct body mechanics and ergonomic techniques when performing repetitive tasks or using tools and equipment.
  • Modify your workstation: Ensure that your workstation is ergonomically optimized, with adjustable chairs, desks, and proper placement of computer screens and input devices.
  • Listen to your body: Pay attention to any discomfort or early signs of strain, and make necessary adjustments or seek medical attention if symptoms persist.

Treatment Strategies for Optimal Results 

We specialize in noninvasive treatment of strain injuries that cause pain and functional limitations.  

Our team uses the most innovative diagnostic tools in the office, like the Kinetisense, to evaluate your range of motion (ROM) using artificial intelligence and extremity magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).  

Treatment usually includes joint injections, trigger point injections and ultrasound-guided injections, an approach that focuses on balancing the nervous, muscular, and skeletal systems to stimulate optimal natural healing.  

These injections can encourage healing and relieve pain effectively, there are also other treatments that can further stimulate your recovery. In some cases, pain management is part of your treatment.  

Virtual reality rehab can supplement or replace traditional physical rehab to help you rebuild your strength, flexibility, and motor skill.    

Book your appointment online or call InnovateMed Medical Group today.