These injuries affect the soft tissues of the body and include nerves, tendons, ligaments and muscles. Repetitive stress injuries can also be known as repetitive motion disorders, cumulative trauma disorders, and overuse disorders.
Repetitive stress injuries may include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tennis elbow
- Ganglion cyst
- Trigger finger
- Kneecap displacement
- Displacement of the knee joint
CausesRepetitive scratch injuries are most commonly caused by
- Daily uninterrupted action
- Playing tennis requires you to move your body in an unusual way.
- Daily overstretching of body parts
- Improper posture when doing office work
- Muscle fatigue
Common sites of injuryThe most common injury in repeated stress injuries is to the organs that perform daily functions, such as our arms, elbows or shoulders.
- Hands and thumbs
- Foot and legs
- Hips and neck
Signs and SymptomsRepetitive stress injuries often manifest as symptoms and signs of damaged organs, such as the liver.
- The affected area may experience pain, swelling, and reddening.
- Tingling or numbness in the affected organ
- The area suffers from a loss of flexibility, stretch, and strength.
- Although most people don’t have any visible signs or symptoms, they may still experience difficulty performing certain tasks due to the repetitive motion of an organ and permanent damage of soft tissues, such as muscles, nerves and tendons, and ligaments.