A repetitive strain injurie is defined by an accumulation of microtrauma as result of prolonged or repetitive loading/ stress exerted on a tissue (i.e. muscle/ ligament/ tendon/ joint capsule) past is physiological tolerance. These injuries may take years to manifest themselves and may take longer to recover than acute sprain/ strains.
Signs and symptoms will vary depending on the severity of the injury. These may include: pain, swelling, limited range of motion and inflammation to name a few.
Fatigue/ lack of muscular coordination, poor equipment and environmental conditions (ergonomics) are the most common risk factors influencing these types of injuries.
Activity/ sports specific exercises, activity modification, increasing joint proprioception, stability training, general conditioning (strength/ cardiovascular training) can help mitigate the risk of these types of injury.
The treatment offered may vary depending on the nature and severity of the injury. Photobiomodulation/ laser therapy can help increase the rate of tissue repair and help minimize the persistent effects of scar tissue accumulation, thus maximising the potential of long term beneficial outcomes. Chiropractic care, acupuncture, the Ultralign Intrument and rehabilitation protocols may also be implemented while managing these conditions to accelerate healing time and minimize barriers to recovery.
For immediate self-care of a sprain, try the R.I.C.E. approach — rest, ice, compression, elevation:
Individuals tend to heal well from these types of injuries but if the initial cause of the injury is not addressed there is a risk that the injury may return. Continued specific rehabilitation protocols and activity modifications can help decrease the risk of re-injury, as well as, continued maintenance care can also minimize the risk of barriers to recovery (e.g. limited range of motion at surrounding joints/ altered gait following injury).