Do you suffer from sharp, shooting pain that seems to originate in or around one of your joints? If so, then an RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) could be the culprit.

If you’re unfamiliar with the term, we’ll tell you what RSIs are and how to avoid them.

Starting With The What: An RSI is exactly what it sounds like. An injury caused by a particular repetitive motion. Runners can get them. People who run scanners in retail stores can. People who type all day can. Basically, if you spend several hours a day making the same basic motion with any part of your body, it can cause enough stress over time to cause an injury, and they are painful!

The symptoms of an RSI are numerous and may include any of the following:

  • Loss of strength
  • Loss of sensation
  • Tingling in the area surrounding the impacted joint (most often noticed in the hands and arms)
  • A throbbing sensation that may accompany the pain
  • Tenderness or shooting pain

Broadly speaking, RSIs fall into one of two categories. Type 1 RSIs are musculoskeletal in nature, while Type 2 RSIs are caused by nerve damage.

What To Do About Them:

Whatever the root cause of your RSI, there are multiple treatment options available. You’ll want to work with your doctor to map out a treatment plan that makes the most sense for you. Among other things, your options include:

  • Surgery
  • Steroid injections
  • Physical therapy
  • A simple splint on the affected area
  • The application of heat and/or cold
  • The taking of anti-inflammatory medications or muscle relaxers.

RSIs are no laughing matter. If you have one, the pain can keep you from enjoying life to the fullest. Don’t take any chances. See your doctor right away and get to the root cause of the pain.