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Repetitive stress injuries: symptoms and treatments

The hand is an astounding part of the human body, containing more than 25 bones and capable of delicate movements that no machine could replicate. But because of this, the hand is susceptible to injury. Perhaps you injured your hand while working in California because of repetitive motions: typing, for instance, or using a power tool. These are called repetitive stress injuries.

Three common repetitive stress injuries

Carpal tunnel syndrome is perhaps the most well-known RSI, though not the most common. It arises when the median nerve in the carpal tunnel, a passageway near the wrist, becomes compressed.

Tendonitis, the inflammation of the tendons, may be the most widespread RSI. “Trigger finger” and “tennis elbow” are actually examples of tendonitis. Bursitis is a third type of RSI and refers to the inflammation of the bursae, which are fluid-filled sacs that cushion the bones.

Symptoms of a repetitive stress injury

Besides pain, victims of an RSI may experience swelling, numbness and tingling in the affected area. The hand may be stiff, weak and sensitive to both heat and cold. At first, the pain may be mild, and victims may experience little practical loss of function. In such cases, they should improve their posture, use ergonomic keyboards and make any other relevant changes to prevent further injury.

Wide range of treatments for an RSI

Most of the time, victims can recover through rest, ice treatments and elevation. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be prescribed, or doctors may recommend a steroid injection. They may use splints and wraps to ensure that the injured area is properly rested.

Attorney to personally represent you

Let’s say that you suffered from an RSI because of work-related activities. You can be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, but you may want an attorney who knows about this field of law to guide you through every step.

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