Repetitive stress injury and physical therapy

This is a group of injuries that affect the soft tissues of a body including nerves tendons tissues ligaments and muscles repetitive injuries are caused by repeated motions performed during your normal work process.

Repetitive stress injuries are also known as cumulative trauma disorders repetitive motion disorders and overuse disorders
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Repetitive stress injuries can include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Ganglion cyst
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Trigger finger
  • Kneecap displacement
  • Knee joint displacement


The most common causes of repeated scratch injuries are

  • Performing an uninterrupted action daily
  • Moving your body parts in an unnatural way such as during playing tennis
  • Overstretching of body parts daily
  • Incorrect posture while doing office work
  • Muscle fatigue

Common Sites of Injury

In repeated stress injuries the most common site of injuries are the organs that we used to perform functions daily such as arms elbows and shoulders

Signs and Symptoms

Repetitive stress injuries are often characterized by signs and symptoms of affected organs such as

  • Pain and visible swelling and redness of the affected area
  • Tingling and numbness of the affected organ
  • Loss of flexibility stretch and strength of the area
  • Most of the time people have no visible signs and symptoms of this injury but they still find it difficult to perform several tasks because of the repetitive motion of the organ and permanent damage to the soft tissues such as muscles, nerves, tendons ligaments

How can physical therapy help?

Physical therapy is one of the most effective treatments for treating repeated injuries. Your physical therapist will suggest to you a set of exercises that you can perform daily before starting your activities consult with your physical therapist so that these activities don’t lead to further damage to your soft tissues. If there is excessive damage then several other modalities such as electrical therapy, dry needling cupping, and compression are used. Hot and Cold packs are also used for reducing inflammation and increasing the range of motion. The main aim of physical therapy for repetitive motion injuries is to reduce chronic and acute swelling, reduce pain and normalize the function range of motion and mobility.


You cannot change your lifestyle completely or your daily basis job because of repetitive stress injury but with the proper care and physical therapy treatment you can depress the symptoms of the injury and can we gain the functional mobility of your organs so that your daily activities are not altered and you can still lead your life comfortably

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