repetitive strain injury


: any of various painful musculoskeletal disorders (such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendinitis) caused by cumulative damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, or joints (as of the hand or shoulder) from highly repetitive movements

called also repetitive stress injury

Examples of repetitive strain injury in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As The Verge’s Jay Peters explained, for example, alternating between sitting and standing helped alleviate back pain and a repetitive strain injury (RSI) in his wrists. Sheena Vasani, The Verge, 16 Feb. 2023 Like Batman but with more repetitive strain injury. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 29 Mar. 2010 This not only makes the tone less harsh but also makes the impact on the pianist’s arms less harsh, protecting them from repetitive strain injury, just as reducing the jerk on a roller coaster protects the riders from injury. Eugenia Cheng, WSJ, 10 Nov. 2022 There isn't hard evidence proving that a vertical mouse can alleviate issues like carpal tunnel syndrome or repetitive strain injury (RSI). Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 19 Apr. 2022 Typing on even the best keyboards with traditional designs forces hands, wrists and forearms i to unnatural positions which can lead to problems like repetitive strain injury and carpal tunnel. Dave Johnson, Forbes, 27 May 2021 Scientific studies, including both government-funded and industry-sponsored, have established that going faster worsens the risk of repetitive strain injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, 3 Oct. 2019 His searing pace -- which would have left most game console players with repetitive strain injury in their constant pressing of the buttons on their handset -- has been complemented by unerring accuracy in front of goal. James Masters and Becky Anderson, CNN, 24 Apr. 2018 Workers told Reveal that injuries such as headaches produced by breathing fumes from toxic glue, a head injury resulting from a fall, and various repetitive strain injuries were classified as simple first aid or not related to work at all. Russ Mitchell,, 18 Apr. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1983, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of repetitive strain injury was in 1983

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“Repetitive strain injury.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

Medical Definition

repetitive strain injury

re·​pet·​i·​tive strain injury ri-ˈpet-ət-iv- How to pronounce repetitive strain injury (audio)
: any of various musculoskeletal disorders (as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendinitis) that are caused by cumulative damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, or joints (as of the hand, wrist, arm, or shoulder) from highly repetitive movements and that are characterized chiefly by pain, weakness, and loss of feeling

called also cumulative trauma disorder, repetitive motion injury, repetitive stress injury, repetitive stress syndrome, RSI

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