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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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How can you tell the difference between repetitive strain injury or carpal tunnel?

How can you tell the difference between repetitive strain injury or carpal tunnel?

Different areas: Cts is a median nerve compression at the wrist associated with repetitive flexion/extension of the wrist. However, trigger fingers can be due to wear and tear, and de quervain's tenosynovitis can afflict the dorsum of the thumb into the wrist. All can be cumulative trauma disorders. ...Read more

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What would be the difference in symptoms between a stress fracture and a growth plate fracture cause by overuse/repetitive motions ?

What would be the difference in symptoms between a stress fracture and a growth plate fracture cause by overuse/repetitive motions ?

Very similar: You can have swelling, achy pain with either injury. The difference would only be in the actual location of the injury. A growth plate fracture can present as a stress fracture. But a stress fracture can occur in any bone. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for repetitive strain injury?

What is the treatment for repetitive strain injury?

Rest: Depends on type and location of the injury. Rest, ice and antiinflammatories can help see a specialists that treats your problems if your injury persists. Dr l. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between tendon injury, ligament injury and muscle injury?

What is the main difference between tendon injury, ligament injury and muscle injury?

Alot: While mechanisms of injury to these structures may be similar and in many cases treatment may be similar they are very distinct anatomically and in terms of function and healing potential. So it would be important to know the location, type and extent of injury. ...Read more

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Excuse me, what is the difference between trauma and physical injury? Is trauma not physical injury? thank you

Excuse me, what is the difference between trauma and physical injury? Is trauma not physical injury? thank you

Trauma/Phys Inj: Traumatic injury is a term which refers to physical injuries of sudden onset and severity which require immediate medical attention. So, yes, trauma is a form of physical injury. Physical injury can range from a simple abrasion of the skin to major open wounds and broken wounds (trauma). Hope that helps to clarify the difference between the two terms ...Read more

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What is the difference between shin splits and a stress fracture?

What is the difference between shin splits and a stress fracture?

Muscle vs. bone: Shin splints are a condition due to a strain or inflammation of teh anterior tibialis muscle or tendon. Stress fracture is a small non-displaced fracture (break) of a bone due to repetitive trauma. ...Read more

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What are the differences between a muscle sprain and a strain?

What are the differences between a muscle sprain and a strain?

Joints can sprain: A muscle "strain" is when muscle fibers get stretched too far and/or some fibers tear. People generally call it a tear if enough fibers break, leading to some bleeding and swelling inside the muscle, resolving later with some healed scar tissue and some tightness in the area (less elastic). A joint sprains when its ligaments (whitish fibers) are stretched too far and break. Muscles don't "sprain". ...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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What are the differences between a rib fracture, muscle strain, and bruise?

What are the differences between a rib fracture, muscle strain, and bruise?

Similar pain: All three of these injuries can have a similar presentation of chest wall pain and pain with movement and expansion i the rib cage. The difference may come in the mechanism of injury and recovery time. A rib fracture and bruise can take 4-6 weeks to full recover while a muscle strain could heal quicker. A x-ray can locate a fracture but treatment is similar. Assure good deep breaths and rest. ...Read more

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What's the difference between shin splints and a stress fracture?

What's the difference between shin splints and a stress fracture?

Shin splints is a : General term for shin pain, usually after sports or exercise. Stress fractures are one specific cause of shin pain and so are often listed as a cause of "shin splints". ...Read more

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What is the difference between a strained tendon and a torn tendon of the inner ankle? Difference in symptoms n treatment methods?

What is the difference between a strained tendon and a torn tendon of the inner ankle? Difference in symptoms n treatment methods?

See below: A strained tendon is just that, it has been stretched passed its normal length. Atorn tendon is an actual tear in the body of the tendon. Symptoms are similiar, swelling pain, instabitlity. Treatments are similar with rest and immobilization and possible surgery. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the neck pain in meningitis and a simple muscle strain?

What is the difference between the neck pain in meningitis and a simple muscle strain?

Tension signs: With meningitis one also sees a positive kernig sign. The patient is on their back and the leg is lifted up and straightened. This stretches the dura. If it is inflammed from meningitis lifting the the leg will cause neck pain while in a neck strain it should not. If there is fever, chills, light sensitivity oyou would also suspect meningitis. If present take this person to the er. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a stress reaction and a stress fracture?

Severity: Stress fractures develop over time due to excessive demand placed on a bone. A stress reaction is a stage in the development of a stress fracture. ...Read more

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How common is repetitive strain injury while boxing?

How common is repetitive strain injury while boxing?

Common: Boxing injuries are common. Strain injuries such as rotator cuff tendinosis, posterior elbow impingement and tendinosis around the elbow are common injuries related to boxing. Concussion and chronic traumatic encephalopathy are much more series injuries related to boxing. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder and acute stress disorder?

What is the difference between the diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder and acute stress disorder?

PTSD is a chronic: conditon, a normal response to trauma that can be treated and hopefully eventually resolve. Acute means that something is happening presently and has come on relatively quickly, like a pain or a panic in response to a stressor. Peace and good health. Individual and group therapy are used to treat PTSD. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a shin splint and a stress fracture of the shin?

What is the difference between a shin splint and a stress fracture of the shin?

Bone involment: Shin splint is an increase to comparmental psressure within the different comparments of the leg, it does not involve the bone.An stress fx involves the boneof the leg , the tibia. ...Read more

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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