Frequently asked questions

What are the Repetitive Stress Injuries?

Repetitive Stress injuries (RSI) are “injuries to the musculoskeletal and nervous systems that may be caused by repetitive tasks, forceful exertions, vibrations, mechanical compression, or sustained or awkward positions”.
RSIs are also known as cumulative trauma disorders, repetitive strain injuries, repetitive motion injuries or disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, and occupational or sports overuse syndromes.

Repetitive stress injury (RSI) and associative trauma orders are umbrella terms used to refer to several discrete conditions that can be associated with repetitive tasks, forceful exertions, vibrations, mechanical compression, or sustained/awkward positions. Examples of conditions that may sometimes be attributed to such causes include edema, tendinosis (or less often tendinitis), carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, De Quervain syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, intersection syndrome, golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis), tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), trigger finger (so-called stenosing tenosynovitis), radial tunnel syndrome, and focal dystonia.

Since the 1970s there has been a worldwide increase in RSIs of upper limbs, hands, neck, and shoulder attributed to the widespread use of typewriters/computers in the workplace that require long periods of repetitive motions in a fixed posture.

Transferring patients could be a cause of RSIs due to the effort neccesary.

What are the causes and risk factors?

Identification of the origin of Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI) is not clear. Their progressive appearance and also the diversity of the complaints make triggering facts analysis harder.

In addition, it is rare for an isolated risk factor to cause injury, several elements are generally necessary.

To facilitate analysis, risk factors are divided into four groups: biomechanical, environmental, organizational and individual factors

Psychosocial factors

The biomechanical dimension is related to movement.
Biomechanical risk factors include manual handling, repetitive gestures, strength and effort, uncomfortable postures or long periods of time, such as arm work above shoulder level, and so on.
The repetitiveness of the gestures results in a continual stressing of the same anatomical structures.

Psychosocial factors

Excessive workload, strong time pressure, lack of self-control over work, lack of employees participation in decisions about their work, social support from colleagues and hierarchy, and uncertain professional futures perception, constitute psychosocial factors.

Psychosocial factors can be stressful when worker has negative perception of themself.

The effects of stress in relation to RSIs are multiple. Clamping and supporting forces are increased, muscle tension increases, recovery time increases.

Stress amplifies the perception of pain and makes employees more susceptible to RSI risk factors.

Organizational factors

The activity of employees in the workplace is strongly determined by the organization of work.

For example, lack of breaks or alternation between more or less demanding tasks as well as excessive working hours are organizational factors that increase the risk of RSIs because they do not allow sufficient recovery.

The lack of mutual support, the dependence on a machine, the standardization of operating procedures that impair the variability of movement can also increase the risk of RSI.

Individual Factors

These factors are related to the intrinsic characteristics of individuals such as age, gender or health status.

For example, diabetes or a history of wrist fracture are factors that favor the development of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Is the CANOLI straightening bar compatible with bed rails?

Yes. CANOLI straighteners perfectly co-exist with most of bed barriers known at this day.

Why use a CANOLI rectification bar?

It promotes an adapted motor scheme by respecting and maintaining the spontaneous displacement and participates in rehabilitation of the motor disadaptation.

My pivoting handlebar makes noise when rotated, what to do?

The roller cage, which allows the rotation of the transfer handlebar, must be damaged.

It must be replaced.

For this, contact us: qualite@alterecosante.net

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