Repetitive Motion Disorder: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 9/10/2019

Repetitive motion disorders are a group of muscle conditions that can occur at many sites in the body. Examples of repetitive motion disorders include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, tenosynovitis, and trigger finger.

Signs and symptoms of repetitive motions disorders depend on the exact disorder and the location of the body that it affects. Symptoms can include pain, numbness, tingling, redness, warmth, and a decreased range of motion of the affected body part. Other associated symptoms can include loss of strength, swelling, and loss of flexibility.

Causes of repetitive motion disorders

Performing repeated motions in the course of daily activity or in the workplace can cause repetitive motion disorders. Factors that contribute to the cause of these conditions can include unnatural or awkward motions, muscle fatigue or overexertion, or incorrect posture.

Other repetitive motion disorder symptoms and signs

  • Decreased Range of Motion
  • Loss of Flexibility
  • Loss of Strength
  • Numbness
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Tingling
  • Warmth


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