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Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs)

Hi, Repetitive Strain Injuries are often caused to endurance athletes and those who train for long hours, everyday, using the same muscle, ligaments, bones etc causing to strain them.These injuries are pesky as they take time to heal and in some cases return on resumption of the sessions. They can also be very painful conditions. RSIs often begin with mild discomfort in the form of pain but if uncared for, get worse. Sometimes the pain may disappear after a few minutes of beginning giving the false sense of minor trouble. RSIs are more common with wrists, ankles, shins, neck etc. Symptoms may include numbness in the affected body part or tingling on holding objects or straining apart from the pain.

RSIs can be avoided by taking the time to warm up and cool down before and after exercise sessions respectively. This is especially true for long distance runners, strength trainers etc. You will also be better off taking regular breaks in your session and incorporate the right form and technique.

In case you suspect you have a case of RSIs, it is best to get your doctor’s view on it. In the meanwhile, painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) will work nicely to reduce the discomfort. The usual hot and cold pack work temporarily too. Applications of packs should be restricted to 20 minutes each time. Supports like wrist bands, ankle support, neck braces will help as well. Eventually, your doctor’s treatment will be backed up by some physiotherapy. You may be recommended acupuncture, acupressure or osteopathy techniques as well. Other complimentary techniques would include Alexander technique to improve form and posture, yoga and shiatsu etc. Sometimes recovery could taek up to 6 months. Surgery as a means to treat RSIs is rare.

So, until next week, train safe!

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