As one of the premier orthopedic surgeons in San Diego, I put a lot of focus on prevention. Many of my patients are world-class athletes and soldiers, but many more are office workers, teachers, musicians, and parents. These low-impact jobs can nonetheless have a high impact on the joints, tendons, muscles, and bones they use every day.
We are coming up on International Repetitive Stress Injury Awareness Day, a worldwide event designed to focus attention on these slow-moving but deeply damaging injuries. The event raises awareness for injuries of the neck, back, hands, elbows, shoulders, and wrists. Basically any body part that can be hurt by overuse in an unnatural or stressful position.
The most basic and important thing you can do to prevent RSIs is to create better working conditions: proper posture and support for office drones, and better lifting and gripping protocols for manual laborers. Also, rest:
Prevention of RSIs should focus on eliminating repetitive work through job design which may involve mechanizing certain tasks. In addition, jobs should be structured so that workers can rotate between different tasks, using different muscles groups.
The San Diego Orthopedic Surgery Center offers superior treatment for RSIs and their precursors. Better help is just a phone call away. Call us and prevent a life-altering repetitive stress injury today.