Stress occurs when the body part is called on to work harder, stretch farther, impact more directly or otherwise function at a greater level then it is prepared for. The immediate impact may be minute, but when it occurs repeatedly the constant stressing cause damage.
The term repetitive stress injury identifies a large group of conditions that result from using the body in a way it is not designed for or capable of comfortably working.
These conditions are often focused on a joint and usually affect the muscle, bone, tendon or bursa of the joint. However other anatomical features and areas can be stressed and their response to that stress can be an injury.
Some common examples of repetitive stress injuries are:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Tennis Elbow
- Trigger Finger
- Blackberry Thumb
- Vibration White Finger
- Shin Splints
The full list of what can be classified as a repetitive stress injury is quite extensive.