When your patient is lying on your vascular table, you may notice certain symptoms—your patient may complain of muscle tenderness, loss of strength, or tingling in the hands and arms. The costs of repetitive stress injuries (RSI) are high and will result in symptoms such as these. Repetitive stress injuries are common in those working office jobs and can affect nearly any part of the body.
The symptoms of repetitive stress injuries are numerous, and the drawbacks are many. Considering the majority of U.S. citizens spend around six and a half hours sitting every day, it makes sense that this issue is affecting more and more people. These are the potential symptoms of RSI that your patients should be wary of.
Symptoms of Repetitive Stress Injuries
While the symptoms of repetitive stress injuries will vary depending on your lifestyle and the affected area, there are certain irritants to keep an eye out for. Signs may include:
- Pain in the afflicted area
When looked at alone, or when one doesn’t factor in frequency or level of pain, these symptoms may seem innocent enough. However, as the symptoms of the RSI progress, it can become much more serious. The issue starts to impact parts of the body that are already stressed, meaning it may be hard to avoid irritating it further. Patients’ wrists, neck, or arms are typically where pain occurs. Oftentimes, the RSI can be mistaken for carpal tunnel or arthritis, so it’s key to take the situation into account. If the pain is in an area that is commonly used and under stress, repetitive stress injuries become much more likely.
While repetitive stress injuries may be a common occurrence, they won’t always be readily apparent to your patient. Since it comes about through mundane, everyday tasks, they may just accept the pain as a part of life. However, various RSI treatment options will allow patients to reclaim their active lifestyle.