Is Tennis Elbow Type 1 or Type 2 RSI
When you develop tennis elbow, most people know that it is classified as a repetitive strain injury (RSI). But did you know that there are two types or classifications of RSI? And why should this matter when it comes to healing and treating your injury?
There are Type 1 and Type 2 repetitive strain injuries.
Type 1RSI injuries include injuries such as frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, , tenosynovitis, and tennis elbow. which worsen when you overdo the activities that bring it on. They are accompanied by swelling, inflammation, nerve compression problems, etc. These injuries are referred to as Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTDs), Work-Related Upper Limb Disorders (WRULDs) and/or Occupational Overuse Injuries.
What Type 2 repetitive strain injuries?
This type takes under its umbrella all those symptoms that do not adhere strictly to a well-defined syndrome. Here, you will not find any visible or measurable signs of RSI such as inflammation, swelling or neural problems. This is why it is often referred to as ‘diffuse RSI’ or ‘non-specific pain syndrome.’’
RSI usually progresses through a number of stages beginning with pain, stiffness, tingling and numbness in your affected elbow. In the early stages, it is common for sufferers of tennis elbow to believe that the pain and numbness are due to leaning on their elbow too much or perhaps because their sleeping position at night.
As you get into further stages of type 1 tennis elbow, you will find your arms and hands weakening and other symptoms showing up such as hot swollen elbow pain.
Early stages: The first signs of a tennis elbow RSI includes your outer elbow and upper forearm suffering pain for most of the day, interfering with your daily tasks and activities.
Symptoms of the early stages of tennis elbow usually continue for several weeks or months, despite treatment. You could, however, be lucky enough to recover at this stage if you take immediate measures to get your tennis elbow injury under control.
Symptoms at this stage include a burning sensation, pain on the outside of your elbow and an increase in your afftected elbow when you squeeze or grip tightly on an object.
If left untreated, you become sensitive to pain very quickly, which stays with you very long in the initial stages. The pain can be so intense that it could disturb your night sleep and interfere with your work efficiency.
The thing with tennis elbow is that it only worsens to a point where you will be in continuous pain, both while waking and sleeping. Naturally, when you wake and are in pain, you can only carry out very light tasks.
If you have yourself diagnosed for tennis elbow and treated in the early stages, you stand a better chance of a full recovery and, in turn, it reduces the risk of your developing a permanent disability.
So now that you know you have a Type 1 RSI injury known as tennis elbow, there are just 5 steps that you need to follow to fully recover.