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Tips to Prevent Pain Caused by Repetitive Movements

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The modern lifestyle involves a lot of repetitive movements. Whether it’s industrial labor or computer-related work like typing, the chances are it has given you injuries. Even in your normal day to day life, using smartphones or tablets can really wear away at you. Much of this is related to a condition called repetitive strain injury and can range in severity. Mild aches in your extremities can develop into severe pain if not maintained or checked on. However, there are some ways you can prevent pain caused by repetitive movements.

The key to preventing pain is ensuring there are measures in place to stop it from happening in the first place. For personal situations, it’s sometimes a matter of common sense and caution. In the workplace, things can be more uncertain, so here are some tips.

Work Environment:

Setting up your work area for the day can be an important start. Workshops or industrial areas must be cleared of hazards and potential accidents. If you work at a desk or on a computer, set your chair up in a way that will reduce strain. Many cases of repetitive movement occur from being forced to work around your environment. The best method is prevention, and having your workplace accommodate you is a much simpler solution.

Regular Breaks:

Set regular breaks during your shift, incorporate stretches and exercises into these free periods. Even if you don’t have time for exercise, making use of small windows is good. If you’ve been stuck to a desk all day, try walking around the office or walking over to co-workers instead of emailing or messaging them.

If you’re a laborer in a warehouse, swap up positions, or rotate duties with a co-worker. An essential part of reducing repetitive movement is breaking off when you can and giving your body a change of pace. This is especially important on long workdays where you’re more likely to be worn out at the end of your shift.

Posture & Strain:

Bad posture can be the cause of many injuries, especially for the back and neck. If you work sitting down, make sure you have a proper office chair that can stand being used for over six hours a day. Laborers are taught how to handle heavy loads, making use of their knees and arms to reduce strained postures.

A lot of repetitive strain can come from tense muscles. This can be a result of many things, including stress or hyper-focusing. It’s important not to overdo any actions: try softer keystrokes or a relaxed grip — these will greatly reduce strain.

Repetitive movement still happens outside of the workplace, and the chances of developing injuries are just as common. If you are experiencing pain visiting a physical or occupational therapist can help you find the relief you need. Potential injuries caused by repetitive movement can be mitigated when addressed early. Physical and/or occupational therapy is a great way to help the body recover from and prevent future overuse injuries.

General Well-being:

On top of these, keeping your personal lifestyle as healthy as possible is also beneficial. Regular exercise and a good diet will promote toned muscles, healthy blood flow, and an overall stronger recovery system for your body. It also helps prevent some symptoms of repetitive strain, which include fatigue and weakness.

While repetitive movement is common in everyday life, that doesn’t make it any less important when avoiding injuries. The strain caused by such movement always has the chance to develop into severe pains that could require surgery. It can be prevented, however, with a good mix of preparation and attention.

Chronic repetitive strain injury pain left untreated may result in surgery. If your RSI pain has not gone away or continues to worsen please reach out to a local rehab provider for help. The faster you seek help, the sooner the body will recover.

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This Month in PT News. Featuring articles from PTandMe partnering clinics!

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1. My Back Pain Always Returns! What Can I Do?
Written by the Therapy Team at the Jackson Clinics – Northern Virginia

After the common cold, the most common reason Americans miss work is back pain. Unfortunately, once you have experienced back strain or injury, it can easily become a recurring problem. Read more

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2. Uncommon Injury and Treatment Process
Written by Steve Retan AT, ATC, the Center for Physical Rehabilitation – Grand Rapids, MI

Having worked as an athletic trainer for the last 23 years, I have treated and rehabilitated countless injuries.  However there are times that athletes sustain injuries that I have not seen before.  One such injury occurred to a high school hockey player after colliding with an opponent during a game. Read more

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3. Tips for Improving Your Ankle Mobility
Written by the Therapy Team at Momentum Physical Therapy – San Antonio, Texas

It’s important for a physically active body to achieve a stable balance between each active joint for maximum performance. In order for all of this to happen, ankle mobility is essential and is the root for several exercises or workouts! Read more

Healthy Recipes 101

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Healthy Recipes 101 features fit and lean recipes from online health resources!
SPINACH QUICHE
This recipe uses the prepared pie crusts found in the freezer section of your supermarket. You can find some alternative brands with more fiber and less saturated fat at health food and specialty stores. Since prepared pie crusts are usually high in fat, we’re keeping the filling nice and light. Read More

Written by WebMD.com

Healthy Recipes 101

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Healthy Recipes 101 features fit and lean recipes from online health resources!

HEALTHY MULTIGRAIN MUFFINS
This recipe makes delicious, healthy and versatile muffins. I have tried cranberries, apple pieces, almonds and macadamias as well. You can use any fruit or nut that you especially like. Read More

Written by contributor to Food.com

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Healthy Recipes 101 features fit and lean recipes from online health resources!

LIGHTER SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS
Where we saved fat for this healthy recipe: stretched out the decadence of the beef by adding a Portobello mushroom and using an egg white; we added fiber by using whole-wheat spaghetti. Read More

Written by Food Network Kitchens

Healthy Recipes 101

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SLOPPY JOE’S
The reduced-sodium tomato soup in this sloppy joe recipe cuts out 281 milligrams of sodium per serving. Using extra-lean ground beef and thoroughly draining off the fat after cooking reduces the fat content of the recipe. Read More

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Physical Therapy Can Help Battle Cancer Fatigue

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Should you Consider a Physical Therapy Cancer Fatigue Program?
Cancer treatments are rigorous and can take a toll on the body. If you are feeling tired all the time you’re not alone. The number one complaint of cancer patients, affecting 78% to 96% of those undergoing treatment, is cancer related fatigue(CRF). The goal in Physical Therapy is to help you become as independent as possible. Anyone who experiences signs and symptoms of pain or loss of function would benefit from an individualized physical therapy program.
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Managing BMI to Improve Pre & Post Surgical Outcomes

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MANAGING A PATIENT’S BMI can reduce pain and improve outcomes pre & post surgically.
Physical therapists can treat patients for their pain (potentially related to their obesity) and can provide can provide general population information to patients regarding healthy eating, healthy recipes, general daily activity.

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High School Sports Injuries

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Every year, millions of teenagers participate in high school sports. An injury to a high school athlete and the pressure to play can lead to decisions that may lead to additional injury with long-term effects. High school sports injuries can cause problems that require surgery as an adult, and may lead to arthritis later in life.

When a sports injury occurs, it is important to quickly seek proper treatment. To ensure the best possible recovery, athletes, coaches, and parents must follow safe guidelines for returning to the game.

Teenage athletes are injured at about the same rate as professional athletes, but because high school athletes are often still growing they are more susceptible to muscle, tendon, and growth plate injuries.

Types of High School Sports Injuries

Injuries among young athletes fall into two basic categories: overuse injuries and acute injuries. Both types include injuries to the soft tissues (muscles and ligaments) and bones.

Acute Injuries
Acute injuries are caused by a sudden trauma. Examples of trauma include collisions with obstacles on the field or between players. Common acute injuries among young athletes include contusions (bruises), sprains (a partial or complete tear of a ligament), strains (a partial or complete tear of a muscle or tendon), and fractures.

Overuse Injuries
Not all injuries are caused by a single, sudden twist, fall, or collision. Overuse injuries occur gradually over time, when an athletic activity is repeated so often, parts of the body do not have enough time to heal between playing.

Overuse injuries can affect muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones, and growth plates. For example, overhand pitching in baseball can be associated with injuries to the elbow. Swimming is often associated with injuries to the shoulder. Gymnastics and cheerleading are two common activities associated with injuries to the wrist and elbow.

Stress fractures are another common overuse injury in young athletes. Bone is in a constant state of turnover—a process called remodeling. New bone develops and replaces older bone. If an athlete’s activity is too great, the breakdown of older bone occurs rapidly, and the body cannot make new bone fast enough to replace it. As a result, the bone is weakened and stress fractures can occur—most often in the shinbone and bones of the feet.

Concussion
Concussions are mild traumatic brain injuries. They are caused by a blow to the head or body that results in the brain moving rapidly back and forth inside the skull.

Although some sports have higher instances of concussion—such as football, ice hockey, and soccer—concussions can happen in any sport or recreational activity.


Growth Plate Injuries

Growth plates are areas of developing cartilage tissue near the ends of long bones. When a child becomes full-grown, the growth plates harden into solid bone.

Because growth plates are the last portion of bones to harden (ossify), they are vulnerable to fracture. Growth plates regulate and help determine the length and shape of adult bone, therefore, injuries to the growth plate can result in disturbances to bone growth and bone deformity.

Growth plate injuries occur most often in contact sports like football or basketball and in high impact sports like gymnastics.

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Treatment

Treatment will depend upon the severity of the injury, and may include a combination of physical therapy, strengthening exercises, and bracing. More serious injuries may require surgery.

Return to Play

A player’s injury must be completely healed before he or she returns to sports activity.

In case of a joint problem, the player must have no pain, no swelling, full range of motion, and normal strength.
In case of concussion, the player must have no symptoms at rest or with exercise, and should be cleared by the appropriate medical provider.

Prevention
Many high school sports injuries can be prevented through proper conditioning, training, and equipment.

High school athletes require sport specific training to prevent injury. Many injuries can be prevented with regular conditioning that begins prior to the formal sports season. Injuries often occur when athletes suddenly increase the duration, intensity, or frequency of their activity. Young athletes who are out of shape at the start of the season should gradually increase activity levels and slowly build back up to a higher fitness level.

Using proper technique for the position being played is also key to preventing injury. Proper equipment—from the right shoes to safety gear—is essential. In addition, injuries can be prevented when athletes understand and follow the rules of the game, and display good sportsmanship.

Information provided by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

What does a Physical Therapist Do?

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More than half of all Americans are suffering from pain. However, many don’t even know that physical therapists are well equipped to not only treat pain but also its source. The goal of physical therapy is to correct your imbalances in posture, restore your motion and muscle strength, recondition injured tissues to allow you to be pain free in your daily activities. Physical therapists are the biomechanical specialist. They find the source of your pain and fix it.

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