As a busy working parent, it can be easy to ignore symptoms of injuries or illnesses. We are so focused on our kids’ wellbeing, our work and keeping the house together that sidelining symptoms can become habit. However, doing so can prevent you from catching things early.
One condition that many people live with nowadays is repetitive strain injury, known as RSI. RSI is caused by repeated movements, most commonly in the arms and legs, and can make it painful to do those actions. RSI can be caused by a multitude of activities, including:
- Playing sports that include certain repetitive motions.
- Typing, texting or scrolling on your laptop or smartphone.
- Lifting weights.
- Poor posture.
If you ignore the signs of RSI, it can become very painful. This could even result in the need for medical intervention, for example from a hand surgeon.
In this post, we will talk about three early symptoms of RSI, and how to prevent it from getting worse. These 3 signs you are in danger of getting repetitive strain injury will help recognise the problem and act quickly.
Symptoms of RSI
- Feeling pains when you flex your joints, such as your knees or wrists.
The most common way people realise they have RSI is by feeling soreness in a particular joint or muscle, constantly.
Everyone knows the feeling of sleeping funnily on your wrist or arm, and waking up with aching, shooting pains in the joint or muscle. Well, RSI feels a little like that – but unlike that temporary pain, it will be felt most of the time, particularly when you do the repeated action.
- Lack of strength in a certain limb or muscle.
Alongside the aches and pains, RSI can sometimes manifest itself in a lack of strength in the affected area. If you work out often, for example, you might notice a weakness in your arm or leg, resulting in a fatigued feeling that doesn’t go away.
If you feel this symptom come on, it is important to take your body’s cue and rest. People who push through early symptoms of repetitive strain injury are likely to face worse consequences down the line.
- Shaking or tremors.
Shaking or tremors in your extremities such as your fingers, hands or feet can be a symptom of repetitive strain injury. It can also be a symptom of trapped nerves and other disorders, so try not to panic if this occurs – just make sure to book an appointment with your doctor, and rest up.
What to do if you have RSI
If you suspect that you have repetitive strain injury, make sure to rest your body and contact a medical professional. You may be prescribed rest, including time off work, if your job is contributing to the problem.
In addition, you could be prescribed exercises to perform to alleviate the strain, and even pain medication if it is difficult to do your day to day activities.
Overall, repetitive strain injury is a sign that you are overdoing it. Your body is good at telling you when to stop, so make sure you sit up and listen!
This is a collaborative post.