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Health Tip: Understanding Repetitive Stress Injuries

-- Repetitive stress injury most often affects people who spend a lot of time at the computer or video game console. The repetitive motions of certain sports, such as tennis, also can lead to an RSI.

The Nemours Foundation says the following conditions can stem from a repetitive stress injury:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome, caused by swelling of the narrow channel formed by bone and ligaments in the wrist.
  • Cervical radiculopathy, a compression of disks in the neck. A common cause of this problem is the holding of a telephone receiver to the ear using the shoulder.
  • Epicondylitis, more commonly known as "tennis elbow."
  • Ganglion cysts, which are bumps in the wrist caused by leakage of a jelly-like material from a joint or tendon.
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy, a painful condition in which the hands become dry, swollen and weak.
  • Tendonitis, an inflammation of tendons that connect bones and muscles.
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Posted: January 2010