Repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinosis can potentially be avoided by implementing proper ergonomics in the workplace, and by incorporating both warm-up routines before participating in sports activities, and post-workout recovery strategies after.
What are some common names for certain repetitive stress injuries?
Dr. Scott Gardner: Some repetitive stress injuries are technology neck, carpal tunnel syndrome, degenerative arthritis, tendinosis, fibromyalgia, herniated disc, and neuropathic pain.
How do you know if you have a repetitive stress injury and what are the symptoms?
Dr. Scott Gardner: Typically, the pain comes on without a specific injury, gradually over time. The person will usually just wake up one day and notice that something just doesn’t feel right and the symptoms are usually some type of burning, aching or shooting type of pain. The person may also experience fatigue or lack of strength in the area as well.
If an athlete is practicing a sport over and over, how can they avoid a repetitive stress injury?
Dr. Scott Gardner: For an athlete, always doing a proper warm-up of functional movement and a post-workout recovery program consisting of stretching, foam rolling and supplementation would be key in avoiding any kind of repetitive or over-use stress injury from their sport.
What can people do to avoid getting repetitive stress injuries in the workplace?
Dr. Scott Gardner: Using proper ergonomic workstation setup is really important. Spending time warming up the body prior to starting their work day would be very helpful in preventing repetitive stress injury really in any workplace.
What treatments are available to help with these injuries?
Dr. Scott Gardner: Well, once an accurate diagnosis is made, then we can create a care plan consisting of chiropractic care, strengthening and stretching exercises, and really instruct the person on proper posture and ergonomics.
If you are interested in speaking with Dr. Scott Gardner visit www.gardnerfamilychiro.com or call 973-614-9256 to schedule an appointment.