Every day we have opportunities to prevent common bone, muscle, or joint injuries associated with repetitive stress (strain) injuries (RSI). Webster’s Dictionary defines RSI as any of various painful musculoskeletal disorders (such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendinitis) caused by cumulative damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, or joints from highly repetitive movements.

At work or at play simple adjustments in posture and movement and use of available ergonomic tools can make a big difference. For example, hobbies such as gaming or binge watching your favorite shows on your handheld device keep our bodies in awkward positions for long periods of time. This can lead to eye, neck, shoulder and back strain. Take breaks and change positions often. If sitting, maintain a good neutral posture. Consider using an ergonomic keyboard, mouse, or chair.

The summer months in Florida mean more time spent to keep our yards well maintained. From routine maintenance to cleaning up after a severe thunderstorm, or worse, cleaning up after a hurricane, spending prolonged periods in our yards on a hot summer day bending, twisting and pulling can leave our whole body feeling strained, and, if not careful can cause injuries.

Remember to take frequent breaks from the heat; stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water; wear a wide brim hat and sunscreen to protect your skin; avoid twisting; get help lifting heavy loads; and use good gardening tools such as a gardening bench to prevent back strain.

Repetitive motion and poor posture put you at increased risk for injury.

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More activities that can put you at risk include:

• Overuse of a particular muscle or group of muscles
• Poor posture or a non-ergonomically designed workspace
• Holding the same posture for prolonged periods
• Direct pressure to particular areas

General symptoms of repetitive or overuse injuries include:

• Tenderness or pain in the affected muscle or joint
• A throbbing or pulsating sensation in the affected area
• Tingling, especially the hand or arm
• Loss of sensation
• Loss of strength
• Carrying heavy loads