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Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) of the Wrist

Repetitive strain injuries, or repetitive stress injuries, are common injuries among many people. Repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) can cause sufferers continuous pain and inconvenience, disturbing their daily lives. RSIs are among the most common sports injuries doctors diagnose.

Fortunately, RSIs are preventable, and if you are aware of the ways in which RSIs appear they can be easily avoided. The doctors of Atlanta Hand Specialist have decades of experience treating patients who have sustained an RSI, and are experts in managing the symptoms and inconvenience of constant pain. Our physicians will develop a plan to heal your wrist and hand so you may return to your normal daily activities.

Types of Repetitive Strain Injuries

There are two types of RSIs that can be sustained. Type 1 RSI has easily recognizable and diagnosable symptoms, such as swelling or inflammation of the muscles and tendons. Type 1 RSIs can usually lead to a medical diagnosis, such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or Tenosynovitis.

Type 2 RSIs are usually present without any outward physical symptoms, but accompany general feelings of pain and discomfort. Type 2 RSIs are occasionally classified as non-specific pain syndromes and are much more difficult to diagnose.

Symptoms of Repetitive Strain Injuries

Along with the usual symptoms of pain and swelling, RSIs may also worsen over time and symptoms may gradually become more noticeable. Additional symptoms include:

  • Dull, non-specific pain in the wrist
  • Numbness in the hand
  • Tingling in the hand and fingers
  • Tightness, or the inability to bend the wrist

Causes of Repetitive Strain Injuries

Many factors may lead to the diagnosis and onset of a repetitive strain injury. The common thread through most cases is overuse of a specific group of muscles and tendons, generally in a work environment. Some examples of general activities and behaviors that can cause an RSI include:

  • Repetitive movements, such as those that come from writing, typing, or working on an assembly line
  • Vibrating equipment
  • Working in a cold environment
  • Poor posture or a non-ergonomically designed workspace
  • Forceful activities
  • Holding the same posture for prolonged periods of time
  • Direct pressure to particular areas
  • Carrying heavy loads

If you are experiencing symptoms related to an RSI of the wrist, our doctors can help! Receive treatment for your pain and discomfort before symptoms worsen, contact our office today.

Schedule an Appointment with Our Specialists

Atlanta Hand Specialist is Atlanta’s leading RSI treatment center. To schedule an appointment with one of our physicians, fill out our online form or contact our office at (770) 333-7888. We have six convenient locations in Smyrna, Marietta, Canton, East Cobb, and Douglasville.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Do you have pressure on your wrists? Many people have symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome without knowing it. Find out how the condition is caused and what treatment you’ll receive from Atlanta Hand Specialists for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

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Wrist & Hand Fracture

If you have shooting pain in your hand or wrist, you may have a wrist or hand fracture. Fracturing, or breaking, the bones in the wrist or hand is extremely easy because of their size and structure. Read on to learn how wrist and hand fractures are treated by Dr. Patel and the Atlanta Hand Specialists.

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Trigger Finger

Trigger finger is caused by stressing the tendons and getting your thumb or finger stuck in the bent position. Inflammation and localized pressure are common signs for trigger finger. Seek treatment from the Atlanta Hand Specialists about trigger finger and your treatment options available.

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Ganglion Cyst

Tender lumps found on the hand or wrist can be a cyst. Ganglion Cysts are commonly filled with fluid, and form because of tendon or joint irritation. Find out more about how Ganglion Cysts are treated by the specialists at Atlanta Hand Specialist.

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