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Q: I have been hearing about repetitive
trauma and cumulative trauma at work. What exactly
do these terms mean?
First you should know that Repetitive Trauma, Cumulative
Trauma, and Over-Use Injuries are all one and the
same condition. Basically there are two types of "Repetitive
Trauma" injuries. The first type is an injury
to the nerve, the best known being Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
The second is an injury to the muscles and/or tendons,
the most common being< tendonitis at the elbow
It has been shown that the tendency for this type
of injury is directly related to posture, amount of
force required to perform the task, and the amount
of repetition involved. Preventing these injuries
involves looking at one's activities and minimizing
these contributing factors.
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