Repetitive stress injuries are temporary or permanent injuries to muscles, nerves, ligaments, and tendons that are caused by performing the same motion over and over again. Common repetitive motion injuries are carpal tunnel syndrome, epicondylitis or “tennis elbow.”
Epicondylitis or “tennis elbow” typically is caused by using certain tools over and over for long periods of time, often in an awkward position. Injuries of this type are painful and can be debilitating, so it’s important to identify repetitive tasks and take steps to reduce the risk of repetitive motion injuries.
Ways to Prevent Elbow Sprains and Strains:
- Look for a tool that needs less force to use and a handle that fits your hand well.
- Make sure that the tools you use are in good condition.
- Keep your wrists as straight as possible when using tools.
- Use power tools when possible to minimize stress on wrists, hands, and arms.
- Keep tools in good condition to reduce vibration and the force required to use them.