Repetitive strain injuries occur from overuse over a long period of time. The muscles, ligaments, and tendons may become inflamed from doing the same motion for hours. Workers who bend over, lift heavy loads, reach overhead, or type all day are at high risk of repetitive strain injuries. Symptoms include pain, tingling, numbness, loss of sensation, stiffness, inability to sleep, and decreased mobility. Medication or physical therapy may be required to treat a repetitive strain injury.
Common types of repetitive strain injuries:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Rotator cuff tears
- Cubital tunnel syndrome
- Neck and shoulder injuries
How to Prevent Repetitive Strain Injuries
In order to help avoid a repetitive strain injury, you need to:
- Take regular breaks. Taking a break, even for just a few minutes every hour, can help prevent a repetitive strain injury. Whether you type all day or lift heavy loads, taking a break to rest frequently can help keep your muscles and ligaments relaxed.
- Stretch your muscles. Stretching and strengthening exercises can also help prevent a repetitive strain injury. You should work to keep your muscles flexible and strong, which can help them stay supple.
- Use ergonomic equipment. Ergonomic lifting equipment can help prevent neck, shoulder, and back injuries, and ergonomic keyboards are helpful to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. By using ergonomic equipment, you can stay more comfortable at work and increase your productivity.
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