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Repetitive Stress Disorders (Carpal Tunnel, Trigger Finger)

Repetitive stress syndrome is a group of muscular conditions resulting from repeated motions performed in daily or work activities. Repetitive stress syndrome occurs most commonly in the hands, wrists, elbows, and shoulders.
Repetitive stress syndrome is characterized by pain, numbness, tingling, and the loss of flexibility and strength of the affected area. Left untreated these conditions can cause damage to the soft tissues of the body, and compression of the nerves or tissue. Treatment options include reducing or stopping the motions that cause symptoms, taking rest breaks, and adopting stretching and relaxation exercises.

Observing Repetitive Stress Disorders (Carpal Tunnel, Trigger Finger) in the Classroom

Faculty might observe the following characteristics in students with repetitive stress syndrome:

  • Difficulty completing in-class assignments requiring writing or fine motor skills
  • Requests for assistance on tasks that require repeated motion


Related Functional Characteristics

Motor Skill (Fine) : Repetitive stress syndrome can result in pain and a restricted range of motion that impairs fine motor skills.

Numbness : Repetitive stress disorders occur as a result of compressed nerves, which can lead to numbness over time.

Pain Management : Students with repetitive stress disorders experience joint, muscle, ligament, or tendon pain.

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