Prognosis of Repetitive Motion Disorders

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Oct 12, 2012

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  • Most people suffering from RMDs recover completely.
  • Injury can be avoided by changing the way repetitive movements are done.
  • If no treatment is sought, the RMDs may lead to permanent injury.
  • RMDs cause temporary or permanent damage to the soft tissues.

Repetitive motion disorders refer to a group of muscular conditions that lead to repeated motions being performed in a particular course of normal work or everyday activities. Some of these disorders include bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, ganglion cyst, epicondylitis, trigger finger and tenosynovitis.
Rapid motion disorders may be caused by several uninterrupted repetitions of a particular activity or motion, overexertion, muscle fatigue, incorrect posture, unnatural movements like twisting of the arm mistakenly, etc.

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Most people suffering from RMDs recover completely and tend to avoid re-injury by bringing about a change in the way they do repetitive movements, the amount of rest that they take between the movements and the frequency with which they perform the repetitive movements. If no treatment is sought for the symptoms of the disorder, the RMDs may lead to permanent injury as well as a 100 percent loss of function in the particular area. RMDs have also been said to cause temporary or permanent damage to the soft tissues present inside the body. These may include nerves, tendons, muscles, ligaments, etc.

If you are employed with a company that specializes in meat packing, assembly line work, sewing, gardening, playing tennis and playing musical instruments or working on the computer, you could be largely affected by the problem.


Researches that are being done

All researches that are being currently done on RMDs are aimed at preventing it as well as on rehabilitation. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases funds the research on RMDs.


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