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Do You Have a Repetitive Motion Injury?

By Sara Butler

Almost everyone has movements they repeat over and over each day. From typing on your keyboard to lifting heavy objects at work and at home, people tend to do some of the same movements repeatedly and that can lead to pain and discomfort.

One thing that the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic often see are repetitive motion injury. Patients may complain of pain and discomfort in one or more joints and it can be traced back to a particular movement they perform each day.

Here's what you need to know about repetitive motion injuries and how the chiropractors at The Joint can help.

How to Identify Repetitive Motion Injuries

Repetitive motion injuries are also called repetitive stress injuries. They occur by damage over time to ligaments, tendons, or muscles that are used frequently. In many cases, the injury develops due to the fact that one or two movements are performed many times per day, nearly every day. These types of injuries are common in athletes as well as people with physical jobs.

The symptoms of a repetitive motion injury include:

  • Stiffness
  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Weakness
  • Redness
  • Swelling

These symptoms may only be noticeable when you're actually performing the movement that is causing the injury. The worse the injury becomes, the more you will notice symptoms all the time.

Treatment for Repetitive Motion Injuries

If the chiropractors determine you have a repetitive motion injury, then they'll assess the injury to try to determine what movement is causing it. You may have to modify activities as the injury heals. In conjunction with hands-on chiropractic adjustments, they may also want you to rest the affected area, apply ice and heat intermittently, and perform stretches to help with range of motion and healing.

The chiropractor will determine what treatments are best for you based on your injury and how severe it is. Typically, they will work with you on a treatment plan to help alleviate pain and improve range of motion in the long term -- and to help your injury from becoming worse.

If you're dealing with a repetitive stress injury, then come to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic today. They can target the underlying issue of your injury and help you to get on the road to recovery.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Colo.

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