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What is an RSI?

RSI, abbreviated as Repetitive Strain Injury is a disorder/condition in which the long performance of repetitive actions, causes pain or impairment of function in the tendons and muscles involved. It is the pain felt in muscles, nerves and tendons caused by repetitive movement.
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Symptoms and stages of Injury

The symptoms of RSI slowly develop. They first only occur while performing a repetitive task. But as time progresses, the symptoms can occur anytime and all the time but tend to worsen by a repetitive task. Symptoms include; fatigue, weakness in affected area, numbness, lack of coordination, etc.

There are 3 stages of RSI;
Stage 1 (mild) consists of aching for a few months on affected areas but is reversible.
Stage 2 (moderate) consists of aching during the day and night disturbing sleep. Physical signs are also visible; such as swelling of the tendon areas.
Stage 3 (severe) consists of pain, aching, fatigue. The person is unable to perform easy tasks and it is sometimes irreversible.

Prevention - Ergonomics

The best way to prevent RSI is through correct workplace posture. You must adapt yourself and your environment (workplace) to your liking and to your body's liking. Here are some ways to prevent RSI:
  • Feet must be planted on the floor
  • Head balanced on top of spine
  • Shoulders, arms relaxed
  • Don't slouch
  • Monitor should be placed directly in front of you
  • Take breaks when needed
  • More ways to prevent RSI
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Office Exercises

Ergonomic Desk Exercises : Achieving Fitness Goals

Fun Scary Facts

  1. There are 100 types of injuries and illness resulting from RSI.
  2. Areas mostly affected by RSI are; elbows, shoulders, knees, and heels.
  3. RSI often affect people who work on computer-related tasks.
  4. Some RSIs are irreversible.
  5. Most teens who are affected by an RSI either play sports or do computer-related work.
  6. RSI can simply become worse by not getting treated or doing easy everyday tasks.
  7. You may be developing an RSI reading this Smore.

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