Pain From Repetitive Tasks

pain from repetitive tasks

Overuse problems occur when too much stress is placed on a joint or other tissue, often with repetition, doing the same thing over and over. This may occur during sports, jobs or hobbies, or daily activities. Examples of high-risk activities include tennis, golf, skiing, throwing, and pitching, and pain occurs from poor stretching or conditioning before sports and exercise. Sometimes injuries occur from overtraining and overuse injuries in athletics and sports.

Repetitive activities at jobs are often related to office computer work, but can also be associated with such jobs as carpentry, shoveling, painting, or even home activities including gardening, raking, or scrubbing.

Symptoms of Repetitive Tasks Injuries

Your musculoskeletal system is made up of the structures that support you and help you move, such as bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Many job injuries are caused by repetitive movements that involve posture, bending, lifting or using force, or working with vibrating tools. Similar injuries may occur from overtraining/overuse. Examples of musculoskeletal problems that may be related to repetitive tasks, whether office or job-related, hobby-related, or sports-related, include:

  • Pain in your back
  • Pain in your hand, wrists, or arm
  • Bursitis and tendinopathy
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Muscle strains in the neck
  • Muscle strains in the shoulders
  • Muscle strains in the back
  • Tendon injury

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

People who get carpal tunnel syndrome often work at computers or do tasks that require small repetitive movements with their hands and arms. Carpal tunnel can cause tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain in the fingers, or hand. Some people may have pain in their arm between their hand and their elbow. These tiny moves put pressure on the median nerve, making it smaller. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by:

  • Making the same hand or wrist movements over and over
  • Bending the wrist down, your hands lower than your wrists
  • Making the same wrist movements over and over
  • Working furiously at the computer without breaks for too many hours

Causes of Repetitive Tasks Injuries

Anything that puts you into an unnatural position can lead to repetitive task and stress injuries. Working faster, more vigorously, endlessly and without rest can cause our bodies to break down just like a machine that is overworked. Repetitive task injuries are caused by:

  • Using excessive force (pushing, pulling, supporting)
  • Lifting with your back, not using your core and knees
  • Making repetitive movements or spending excessive time on one activity
  • Using an awkward or static posture, seated or standing
  • Smoking and overweight
  • Not enough core exercise
  • Not varying moves while doing repetitive tasks
  • Your sleeping position, especially on your stomach or with knees not supported

Get Back to Doing What You Love

How can you get your life back as soon as possible? Dr. Mark Thompson, LAc, DPT is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Licensed Acupuncturist, but he doesn’t use just one approach. With over 30 years of practice, he has developed a focused, dedicated treatment approach called Acutherapy that combines a number of evidence-based proven therapies and traditions to help heal your pain and recover faster from injury:

The skilled practitioners at Mark Thompson Acutherapy have treated thousands of patients with pain from repetitive tasks successfully, and their goal is to help you get rid of the pain quickly and effectively. Treatments are usually a combination of modalities and consist of an hour of one on one care. If you are looking for someone who can treat you as a unique human being, who wants to help you get on with your life and lifestyle, you have found the right practice in Mark Thompson Acutherapy. Call today at 212 974-7240 or request an appointment online now.