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Doctor insights on: What Is The Difference Between Repetitive Stress Injury And Repetitive Strain

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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What is the difference between a lumbar stress fracture and strain?

What is the difference between a lumbar stress fracture and strain?

Bone and soft tissue: Fractures are breaks or cracks in bones whereas soft tissue structures like ligaments, tendons and muscles are what strain. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a lumbar stress fracture and a lumbar strain?

What is the difference between a lumbar stress fracture and a lumbar strain?

Strain: Fracture implies that bone tissue is compromised whereas strain the bone is not compromised but rather ligaments and muscles are involved. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between a stress fracture and a strained tendon in the foot?

How can you tell the difference between a stress fracture and a strained tendon in the foot?

An x-ray: Would be helpful, sometimes serial x-rays are needed. This is when an x-ray is taken and then repeated a week or 2 later. An MRI for sure can tell the difference. Finally, a good clinician based on clinical exam and history can often times make a highly educated guess. ...Read more

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Is it possible for stress echo cardiogram on treadmill to cause a lower back strain, sprain, or injury?

Is it possible for stress echo cardiogram on treadmill to cause a lower back strain, sprain, or injury?

Back strain: Running on a treadmill is a typical form of cardiac stress testing. If you were unlucky enough to strain your back, perhaps the amount of your walking and exercise didn't adequately prepare you for running on a treadmill. But given the brief duration of actual exercise on the treadmill i suspect you may have been pretty sedentary? ...Read more

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What are good ways i can free my mind from stress and straining?

What are good ways i can free my mind from stress and straining?

MEDITATION: Lots of different ways from exercise to antidepressants. These are short terrm for results. Meditation - any form of it - regularly practiced on a daily basis lonng term will make the world easier to experience. ...Read more

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What can I do to combat tension, stress or strain?

What can I do to combat tension, stress or strain?

Find a practice: Find a practice for self-centering that you can do consistently every day. For many people, mindfulness meditation is a good one -- you can start with 5 minutes in the morning and evening & work up if you like it. Also, yoga or tai chi are good. Abdominal breathing exercises. Talk with friends about your stress; keep relationships sound. Consider working with a therapist on your stress also. ...Read more

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I'm having a hard time with my vision on and off. I have a stress/straining feeling in my eyes and in between them. Feels like my eyes aren't aligned?

I'm having a hard time with my vision on and off. I have a stress/straining feeling in my  eyes and in between them. Feels like my eyes aren't aligned?

Get checked: It is not possible to give you any diagnosis for your symptoms online.You need to make an appointment with an ophthalmologist to get diagnosed.Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more