#59 Repetitive Motion

Some conditions known to be RMIs There are many different specific diagnoses that could fit under the broad category of repetitive motion injuries (RMIs), which are caused by activities that are repeated on a regular basis. Symptoms of RMIs may include chronic pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, and limited range of motion. RMIs symptoms may not be noticeable for months or even years after exposures or may appear to be acute after a sudden and severe onset. Some of the most common conditions include, but are not limited to: Rotator cuff tendonitis; Epicondylitis; Carpal tunnel syndrome; Tendonitis of the wrist; De Quervain’s disease; and Low back pain.

Factors that can contribute to RMIs:

  • Awkward postures
  • Forceful exertion, including heavy lifting
  • Repetitive Work
  • Vibration from tools and equipment
  • Pinching (contact stress) during tool use and material handling
  • Temperature extremes
  • Lack of recovery time to affected body parts

Some ways to eliminate or reduce RMIs:

  • Proper lifting and material handling
  • Use of equipment to reduce load and strain
  • Employee rotation for repetitive tasks
  • Use of personal protective equipment
  • Appropriately timed rest periods