Repetitive stress injuries are among the most common injuries in the United States, and hands and wrists are the most commonly injured part of the body. Repetitive stress injuries can be caused by anything that requires using the same motion over and over again. It is common among people who work on an assembly line, cashiers, and people who work at a computer. Some examples of repetitive stress injuries include:
- Dupuytren’s Contracture;
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome;
- Trigger Finger; and
- Focal Hand Dystonia.
There are two categories of repetitive stress injuries.
- Type One: this is recognizable by visual symptoms such as swelling and inflammation in the muscles and tendons.
- Type Two: this is more difficult to diagnose as it is categorized only by pain in the wrists and hands.
The good news is that there are exercises that can be done in order to help prevent repetitive stress injuries to our hands.