The following are some of the treatments that can help with RSI:
– Anti-inflammatory Drugs – NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories) such as Ibuprofen or Aleve have been shown to reduce pain and inflammation. They may also decrease swelling and improve range of motion.
– Physical Therapy – Physical therapy can help with muscle soreness, stiffness, and other symptoms associated with RSI.
– Rest – If your condition worsens, rest may be necessary.
– Ice Packs – Ice packs can help relieve pain and swelling. Put ice packs on the painful area(s) as often as possible.
– Pain Medication – If pain persists or gets worse, medication may be necessary.
As for the “causative activity” we are talking about, it is thought that Repetitive strain injury results from overuse. The most common cause of overuse injuries is manual labor.
Repetitive strain injuries can also result from jobs that incorporate a lot of typing, such as a computer keyboard. They can also result from jobs that involve a lot of turning your body, such as being a waiter or waitress. Some common activities that can lead to overuse injuries are:
– Housework: Housework can be quite tiring, especially if you have a lot of stairs in your home and you also have to wash windows or do other chores while you are cleaning.
– Cell phone use: If you use your cell phone a lot while driving or even just talking while you drive, you may be doing yourself harm. This is because while you are using your cell phone, you are using your arms and hands, which can lead to RSI.
– Fidgeting: This is when you move your fingers, hands, arms, wrists, or elbows a lot. This can be a sign of nervousness or it can be a habit that you develop.
Some people just have this natural fidgeting habit. But, if you do it for long periods of time, it can lead to RSI.
– Repetitive strain injury: This is an umbrella term that is used to describe overuse injuries. It can be used to describe injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, or repetitive strain injury.
These injuries are caused by working on the same area again and again without taking a break.
– Repetitive motion: The body was not meant to perform the same motion (or motions) over and over again. This is because the body has an “automatic reflex” that it goes through to protect itself, which can result in a strained muscle or a pulled muscle.
The body goes through this protective reflex when performing actions such as: typing, using a mouse, lifting, and more.
– Sticky notes: Sticky notes have become a “thing” for some people. It is something that they seem to be obsessed with.
They can even get extremely addicted to them. Some people use them for reminders, while others use them to note stuff such as phone numbers or to-do lists. While it is true that these sticky notes can be quite helpful and they can also be very entertaining, they can actually lead to repetitive strain injury. Sticky notes can cause carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and more. The repetitive motion of sticking notes on can lead to RSI.
– Talking on the phone: If you are on the phone a lot, you may want to invest in a headset. This can help to prevent strain injury of your ear and may help to prevent hearing loss.
But, there is a fine line between sounding professional and seeming rude.
– Using a laptop: If you are using a laptop a lot, you may want to invest in wrist supports and forearm supports. Also, the screen should be at a height that is comfortable for you to look at without slouching.
– Using a mouse: Using a mouse can be just as bad as using a laptop. The mouse should also be at a comfortable height for you to use.
– Using a touchscreen: This can be tricky. Some people do better with buttons and some people do better with touchscreens.
It all comes down to personal preference.
These are some of the most common things that people complain about when it comes to RSI. The most important thing is to make sure that you take breaks.
If you are not sure about when to take a break, you should ask your doctor.
– Use caution when lifting something that is much heavier than you.
– If you feel pain in a certain area, do not force it. Go see a doctor immediately.
– Listen to your doctor. He or she is there to help.
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