PDR Technicians: Exercises For Repetitive Strain Injury In Hands And Wrists Part I
Let’s face it, if you are a PDR Technician, you are using your hands and wrists on a daily basis. This can get painful after a while but of course you don’t want to say anything because it seems so silly. You couldn’t be farther from the truth. Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) aka occupational overuse syndrome is an injury of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems that can be caused by repetitive tasks, forceful exertions, vibrations, mechanical compression (pressing against hard surfaces), or sustained or awkward positions. This is the definition of PDR Technology.
The symptoms can include: pain, tightness, dull ache, throbbing, numbness, or tingling in the affected area. The symptoms develop gradually and can slip past your level of concern quite easily. At first the symptoms may only occur whilst you do the repetitive task and ease off when you rest for the day. In time, the symptoms can be present all of the time, but tend to be made worse by doing the repetitive task. The symptoms will range from mild to severe and make you wonder if this is the job for you. Certainly you don’t want to throw in the towel on your career because of the pain, but if gone untreated, you may just have to.
Of course, this is the worse case scenario and I will be showing you ways that will help prevent or fix the affected areas. Of course, you should always seek your physician’s opinion, and of course have to put in a disclaimer that says we don’t guarantee that these exercises will work. Never hurts to try though right?
As a PDR Technician you will in fact be using your hands and wrist all day long, day after day, month after month, year after year. Shouldn’t you do everything that you can to prevent such a nuisance? Follow me over to Part II and I will help you with that.
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