Repetitive Strain Injury: Symptoms and Cure
Symptoms of repetitive strain injury
Repetitive strain is a type of injury that can occur in body parts that are used a lot, and often during strenuous activity for example exercise or during a sporting event. A lot of the symptoms can be found in your upper limbs, and include:
– Cramping, often immediately after exercise and in the days that follow
– Pain or tenderness in the affected area
– Stiffness, particularly in the morning, that may ease slightly as the day goes on
– A tingling or numbness
When you should seek help
If you are in any kind of pain for more than a couple of days, you should always go to see your doctor or osteopath, as this means that you would be able to rule out anything more serious. If you are diagnosed with a repetitive strain injury, you may either be able to change the way that you live your life in order to avoid it, or if this is not possible there are ways in which you can deal with the pain when it occurs such as osteopathic treatment or exercise therapy.
What could be causing your injury?
If you are somebody who often takes part in sporting events, you may well find that this is responsible for your injury. If you are a runner or a swimmer for example, the muscles that you use during exercise may have been damaged by the persistent strain that they are under.
In addition to this, you may find that you are suffering due to actions that you take at work. If, for example, you use a computer, you are using a trackpad or mouse all day long, certain parts of your body can become damaged because of this.
You might also find that your symptoms are worse when the weather is cold. This is because your muscles are never given the chance to “warm up” properly before you exercise, and are therefore much more at risk of an injury than they would be if you had been able to get them warm.
How to soothe repetitive strain injury at home
Firstly, you should think about how the injury was sustained in the first place, and how you could avoid it being a problem again in the future. If you know that it is due to the exercise that you do, then you may wish to consider evaluating your technique to see if you are doing something wrong. The correct posture, for example, whilst running, could help to prevent injuries.
Similarly, if you know that your injury is due to something that you are doing at work, then you should speak to your managers and see if there is any way that you could either avoid a certain task, or get help to mean that it isn’t as strenuous for one person. They may not have realised that it was causing you pain, and would be more than happy to help you if you asked.
With regards to the pain from the injury, often it can help to take some anti-inflammatory painkillers, which you can get from over the counter. You may also benefit from ice treatment – which again can be bought in the form of ice packs that you place on the affected area. If your injury is something that has built up over time, for example due to years of being involved in sport, you may consider osteopathy, as that should have a positive impact on your pain.
Dealing with a repetitive strain injury is important, as failing to do so can have a negative impact on your quality of life. Taking the time to address the issue now will help you to avoid problems in the future.
Get in touch with our team if you have any questions or would like to know how podiatry and osteopathy may help with your repetitive strain injury: