Are you suffering from chronic pain in a localized area of your body? If so, you could be suffering from an RSI, which stands for Repetitive Strain Injury. This broad term describes injuries caused by long term use of the same muscle groups, so if you have a job that sees you performing the same motion over and over again, that’s exactly the kind of thing that can lead to the development of an RSI.

Common symptoms of this type of injury include:

• Shooting pain, and persistent aching or burning which makes it difficult to perform normal, day-to-day activities
• Fatigue and general lack of strength
• Numbness, limited motor control and tremors
• Chronically cold hands or fingertips

If you perform repetitive motions without sufficient breaks or time to recover, then odds are excellent that you’ll eventually develop an RSI. When it happens, it’ll start with simple muscle and tendon pain, which is annoying, but usually not unbearable.

If you don’t change what you’re doing or start taking more time to recover between the repetitive movements, then this will ultimately progress to joint, and possibly nerve damage. This is more serious, more painful and takes longer to recover from.

Fortunately, RSIs are completely treatable and in most cases, avoidable. It comes down to listening to your body, stopping when things begin to get uncomfortable, and when and where possible, wearing protective gear to help keep you safe.

If you have an RSI, or if you’re not sure but think you may, your best bet is to set up an appointment with your local chiropractor.

He or she can do a complete evaluation, then devise a treatment plan that’s custom tailored to your needs. With proper care and attention, you’ll be pain free in no time, and you can get back to enjoying life to the fullest!