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Treating Wrist Injuries: What Is Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)?

Posted by Andrea Hamel

January 5, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Hand and wrist injuries are fairly common among athletes, accounting for between 3 and 9 percent of all sports injuries, according to Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University. Repetitive strain injuries (RSI) are some of the most prevalent in the athletic community, due to the repetitive actions performed during many sports activities.

Treating Wrist Injuries - RSI

Repeated movement using the same body part can cause inflammation and damage to the soft tissues. Simple actions, such as running to a base or throwing a ball, can result in this condition. Athletes suffering from RSI typically experience pain or impairment of function in the affected muscles and tendons. Fortunately, treating wrist injuries such as RSI is usually successful with wrist braces.

Common Symptoms of RSI

• Aching, burning, or shooting pain

• Lack of strength or weakness

• Throbbing or cramping

• Clumsiness, tremors, or numbness

• Stiffness in the affected area

• Difficulty with daily activities, such as turning a doorknob

• Chronically cold hands, especially in the fingertips

Symptoms associated with RSI may present mildly and become more noticeable as the condition progresses. Tingling, soreness, and discomfort in the wrist area are often the first clues that inflammation exists. These symptoms may subside until you perform the repetitive task again. After that, it can take several hours for the symptoms to diminish.

Unfortunately, if the repetitive movement continues without treatment, a minor RSI can result in a chronic injury. Acute RSI is much easier to treat successfully than chronic RSI, making early intervention crucial. To avoid the pain and discomfort associated with a wrist-related repetitive strain injury, take your condition seriously and accept medical help early on. For more information, contact us today.

Topics: wrist injury, Treating Wrist Injuries

    

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