repetitive strain injury


Definition of 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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Trump’s USDA Is Letting Factories With Troubling Safety Records Slaughter Chickens Even Faster," 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, "Mo Salah: A day in the life of the 'Egyptian King'," 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,, "California opens investigation into Tesla factory's safety conditions," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of repetitive strain injury

1983, in the meaning defined above

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27 Dec 2019

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“Repetitive strain injury.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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repetitive strain injury

re·​pet·​i·​tive strain injury | \ ri-ˈpet-ət-iv- How to pronounce repetitive strain injury (audio) \

Medical Definition of repetitive strain injury

: 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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