Repetitive strain injuries are very common. Just like the term repetitive implies, it is something that happens gradually and when you repeat a movement or action multiple times. It can cause pain in various muscles, nerves and tendons.
If we take for example of elbow pain, which can be caused by common daily activities such as typing, gripping or carrying objects and playing a racket sport. There are many muscles that allow you to use your hands and wrists also attach to your elbows. The pain can be described as an ache, burning, shooting, tingling, or cramping of the muscles.
Often there is inflammation and pain in the early stages of the injuries. If left untreated, muscle tightness, trigger points and scar tissue will set in. Rest, ice, stretches and exercise will also be an important part of the healing process. Your therapist can help guide you through the whole process and give you tips to help you avoid re-injury.
Dr. Adrina Patterson, the chiropractor and owner of Kingston West Family Chiropractic, is an avid gardener. She loves riding her recumbent bike and travelling. She also enjoys continuously learning and improving her skills.