Repetitive Motion Disorder: Symptoms & Signs

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Medically Reviewed on 4/5/2019

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.


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