Many people work in jobs that require them to manually perform the same task or motion over and over again. These types of situations may expose a person to an increased risk of developing an injury based on the repetitive nature of their jobs due in part to excessive strain that may be placed on certain body parts. These injuries are commonly classified as repetitive strain injuries.
Common types of repetitive strain injuries
According to Jump Start by WebMD, one of the common forms of a repetitive strain injury involves the sac that provides lubrication and cushioning between a tendon and a bone. This sac is called a bursa and when it becomes inflamed, a person may develop bursitis. Another common RSI is the inflammation of the tendon that connects a muscle to a bone. When the sac through which a tendon runs becomes inflamed, a person may have tenosynovitis. There is some believe that tenosynovitis may be related to carpal tunnel syndrome.
Symptoms of a repetitive strain injury
Healthline explains that a person with a repetitive strain injury may experience a range of symptoms. These include limited motion, stiffness or weakness of the affected area. Pain, swelling and throbbing may also be present. Some people even feel a sensitivity to temperature in the affected area.
Common areas for a repetitive strain injury
A repetitive strain injury may be likely to occur in a person’s forearm, elbow, hand, wrist, neck or even shoulder. People with jobs that require them to repetitively grasp, swipe, mouse, lift or perform other like tasks may find themselves with this type of injury.