Whether an athlete or a cubicle employee, everyone can suffer from repetitive stress injuries (sometimes referred to as repetitive strain injury or RSI). RSI is a condition where muscles, nerves and tendons become inflamed or injured in varying levels of severity due to incessant repetitive motion or acute overuse.
Examples of motions contributing to RSI include lifting boxes, throwing a baseball and even typing on your keyboard. Having poor posture for long durations can also be the cause of RSI symptoms and injuries. Sometimes the injury can occur after a few weeks or months of this activity, though sometimes it can even take years for the muscle to finally submit to the trauma of repeated stress. Stress as related to anxiety can exacerbate RSI and lessen its time of development.
Swelling or pain in the affected area can signify the onset of RSI which can lead to other conditions such as: inflammation of the tendons (tendonitis), carpel tunnel syndrome, inflamed joints in the elbows or shoulder, inflammation of the linking of the tendon sheath in the hands, wrists or forearms (tenosynovitis), painful cysts, compression of the nerves and more. Early intervention by a trained physical therapist can help those affected by RSI with interventional techniques to reduce pain and help physically address the motions causing the discomfort.